So now I can appreciate why people love free motion quilting. I'm not at the love stage yet, but I'm pretty happy with how my first FMQ top came out - and I haven't even put it through a wash/dry cycle yet! I completely the entire top in a day of quilting which I think is pretty fast considering how many stops and starts I unnecessarily threw in because of my own mistakes.
What mistakes you might ask? Thank you for that encouragement but in the middle of my second block I was simultaneously forgetting to breathe, lacking planning enough to know where next to direct my fabric, and interrupted every 5 seconds by the kiddos. I panicked and did this:
It's so spastic that it defies all logic! I figured that the best thing to do instead of swearing and spending 15 minutes picking it all out was just to stop, pour another glass of wine, and move onto the next block. I could always go back and redo it before I bound the whole thing. Whoops. Forgot to do that last part.
I know that most everyone considers the meandering stipple to be the easiest of the free motion designs, so I must be stipple-challenged because I just can't easily create the pattern in the machine. Instead, I did continuous curlicues in the black and white portions of each block and travelled column by column. When those were all done, I did a micro-curlicue through the black sashing between blocks. I think it's going to crinkle up SO nicely in the wash!
The Summerville was just so perfect for the backing because all those cute little characters are a pretty good color match for the mix of solid color sashing on the front.
I used more of my leftover black and white strips to make a pieced black binding. This quilt finished up at 52 x 68.
I was toying with the idea of giving it away but my husband likes it a whole lot more than I anticipated, so it might end up staying home with us. One more quilt to add to the pile!