I decided that as it has been quite a while since I quilted a bigger size of quilt and, since I needed to brush up on my free motion quilting, that I would quilt a few sections of a whole cloth practise quilt that I started back in May of 2017.
In May 2017, I attended a fabulous class close to where I was living at the time called FMQ 'Beyond the Basics'. The class was run by the lovely Hazel and Terry who are the team behind In Stitches. On the second day of the three day course, we were encouraged to make a largish (1 metre x 1 metre) practise quilt which we basted into a sandwich and then just quilted.
I don't know if you have ever tried this but, quilting a quite large, completely blank canvass is actually quite daunting. I had completed a reasonable amount of the quilting while I was actually at the class and which I told you about in this post at the time. However, I then put the quilt to one side and, I have been filling in sections of it here and there over time.
I find this size of practise piece extremely useful as, it gives you the chance to get used to the weight of a larger piece of patchwork which practising on smaller pieces doesn't give you. It is quite a jump from free motion quilting on a small practise piece of say 14 inches square to a full size baby quilt and this larger practise piece is great for preparing you for the weight and drag that a larger quilt gives.
Each time I have filled in a section I have tried to use different designs, using some of my favourites from online classes that I have taken with Christina Cameli of A Few Scraps and Lori Kennedy of the Inbox Jaunt. I also have books written by them both which are great for looking through for design inspiration.
I am excited to say that while I was practising this time, I finished filling in the rest of the quilt sandwich and I have now bound it and turned it into a finished piece. I am just delighted with how it looks and I think I am ready now to start quilting the baby quilt top!! It is probably just as well as I have three more to make over the coming weeks too!!
I have one more thing to do before I can get started.... I need to give my sewing machine a new needle, a clean up and some oil.
Thank you for visiting and have a lovely weekend!