Practice does not make perfect…
But it’s a step in the right direction. I decided to quit trying to be perfect when I reached 40. I often say I just don’t care but that is seldom true. I do care, about doing the best job I can at any given point in time. Some days, face it–my best is pitiful. These days, with countless interruptions in my life, it is mostly about getting the job done. I have my challenge quilt layered and started practicing some straight quilting. I have seen this termed matchstick quilting. The lines are about 1/8-inch apart. I used a contrasting thread so it would photograph and also to see if I want to use contrasting thread in this project. If I can tweak the tension, I just may. This table runner will not be entered in a contest; it will probably be donated in our next Maker’s Faire or some such venue. There is some double stitching because I like to use up almost empty bobbins when I practice quilting before working on the real thing. This 2×27-inch strip took about 40-minutes, which gives me an idea of how long it will take to quilt if I continue with the matchstick. I used my walking foot, which helps to feed all the layers evenly.
I took a class last year where we practiced straight-line quilting using a free-motion foot. I got good at going in two directions; backwards and to the left, not so much. This project has a deadline of June 16 so I hope to finish by next week. The group quilt (the orange leaves) had a soft deadline of June 5. I am declaring right now that I won’t even try to make that which is no problem because I don’t think anyone else is going to be finished then either. Overachievers–just stay home. Heehee.
Since this is short, I will regale you with a photo of my pets, Andy and Sweetie, taken when I was working with random scraps last year. They like to get in on the action, too. Remember to put your flag out for the weekend to honor our fallen military.