After quite a long hiatus, Claudia and Denise returned on Thursday for quilting school. The three of us have been in contact over recent weeks and months - they frequently shared the projects they were working on and occasionally asked questions about something that was stumping them. It has become evident that they are getting along quite well without their old teacher! What progress they have been making!
One area they did want some instruction in, though, was machine quilting. Now I warned them that I feel like quite a novice in this area, but they still felt it would be a good day well spent. And after the fact, I must agree. We had quite a productive day.
You can see that she has her free-motion foot on; you can also see the designs drawn on the plastic wrap. This was a very good exercise in becoming smooth with the movement of the project under the needle and all the intricacies that go along with free-motion quilting on a regular machine.
You can see her name in the blue strip. Take a look at the strip just above - some of the plastic has been removed. We found that while this is a good technique for providing a guide for sewing, removal of the plastic is quite a chore.
Claudia's quilting shows up so much more clearly on the back, however her name is backwards, so there's a tip to keep in mind. She really progressed well through the day.
Now let's see what Denise accomplished. Her machine did not have a walking foot, so she sat down at my machine to try her hand at a project I had available.
Her stitches are straight and even and when we inspected the back, there were no egregious puckers which made us exceedingly happy. She then wanted to try some free motion quilting, so we switched out the walking foot for the free-motion foot and she created a hot-pad, complete with binding!
After she finished her hot pad, she brought out a larger project she'd brought that she plans to machine quilt. She had already sandwiched it, but decide to take advantage of the extra help Claudia and I provided and re-do it. We were able to successfully pin the entire quilt, stretched sufficiently, and she is now ready to tackle it at home on her own. I wish I'd take a picture of it; hopefully Denise will send a picture when she finishes it and I can share it here later.
Our next class is in a couple of weeks and we will be working with piecing circular things (the reason I had a set-in circle!). I look forward to it! We have fun sewing together.
Happy Quilting, Friends!