It is hard to believe how much more comfortable I am with quilting this piece now. I have been hearing for a long time that one needs to actually do something to learn it (rather than reading and thinking about it), and again this is true.
The quilting is not perfect. I suspect quilters and non-quilters alike will see the imperfections. Some will point it out to me. That is what has stopped me from proceeding down this path before. But now I just feel like this is something I want to do. And I want to keep some of the quilts too.
So today I have quilted three concentric squares around one of the four larger blue blocks in the center of the piece.
1. I used one inch painters tape to mark and then sew a square one inch away from the first square.
It took me 18 minutes to do that stitching.
2. Then I decided to add another square that was 1/2 inch away from the just completed square. I used the 1/2 inch masking tape and it worked well.
That square took 20 minutes.
3. Then I used the walking foot guide to stitch another line one inch away from the last completed square. In the corners I put small pieces of painters tape to show me when to stop and pivot the piece.
That took 16 minutes. (When I made the last turn the guide got moved, and I decided to move to correct the spacing when I got to the corner. I think I should have just left the line straight even though it wasn't one inch.)