Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Leah Day's Explore Walking Foot Quilting: Curving Lines
I cut the threads a little long when the bobbin ran out, but I wanted to remember where it was so I could find the hidden connection. And I can if I look closely. But looks so much better than it had before rewatching Leah's videos!
I had already done curved walking foot stitching on my Put a Little Love in Your Quilt project (before I read that curves were supposed to be tricky with walking foot), so I was not intimidated by this design.
In the post Leah shows and discusses again 'whiskering'. She had mentioned before but I didn't understand what it was. In looking back at the blocks I have done it seems I may have 'whiskering' on all my samples!
'Whiskering' is all the little waves in the fabric between the stitching - here is her graphic.
It is unclear to me whether this will disappear once the piece is washed, or if it will forever be visible...
Here are my six completed blocks. I'm just grabbing solid fabric and making two sandwiches with the same color. If I had realized how using the walking foot helps make the back look as nice as the front I would have used solid there too - and maybe I would have done the math and figured exactly how much fabric I would need and been more controlled with my color picks. But then each of the blocks is being done on the samples of the Hobb's batting that I have so it probably okay to be sampling different colors for this project too.
In the beginning I was measuring and marking the squares as Leah had directed, but now I see I am just quilting to the side of the fabric. So I hope that won't mess me up at the end when it is time to join these blocks. I have Leah's book but she mentioned in one of her posts that she was looking into different ways to join the blocks. Whatever, it is nice to have this practice project! And I vow to join it together to make a quilt that we use!
Yesterday I brought the quilt that I am going to use for my larger quilt practice with the walking foot to my group. Only no one else came, and I forgot ironing pad, and I cut the batting too short, so I just packed things up and brought them home... So that will have to wait for another two weeks...