I had a very enjoyable evening working on my Road To Spring quilt for May's Friday Night Sew-In! I gathered my Coke Zero, my computer and a movie (although I didn't have Emma yet), and began free-motion quilting. I sewed the same area three times, and then I ripped it out three times. I was getting better at the meandering, but I'm still having trouble getting my stitch length right, and for some reason, my machine doesn't stitch consistently with the darning foot: there are places where the stitches don't form at all, then they will look good, then have some skips. If you're a free-motion quilter . . . help!
Since I couldn't get the free-motion right, I decided to switch to straight stitching with the walking foot, which went very well. I stitched in-the-ditch wherever there were seams that were straight across the quilt and the full length of the quilt. I still have half of the lengthwise seams, and then it'll be time for the binding - another first. I really enjoyed the straight quilting; it's something I felt confident doing.
See those safety pins still there, holding my layers together? I found out this morning that my batting is fusible. I crawled around on the floor for an hour, fighting with the backing and cheap masking tape, then pinning the layers together . . . when all the time I had fusible batting. It was a little more expensive, but after all that hands-and-knees stuff, I think it will be worth the extra money not to have to do all that!
Thanks for checking out my progress last night! Be sure to stop by Handmade By Heidi to see what others accomplished, too!