I spent the last few days catching up on Leah Day's Express Your Love Goddess Quilt project.
I am using this quit to concentrate on, practice and hopefully improve my free motion quilting. I chose a white background and by the time it is finished I want it to be very densely quilted (or to paraphrase Leah I am going to 'quilt the snot out of it') with a different design in every section. I envisage the finished product to be the same colour as Leah's spoonflower panel which I hope to achieve with thread play.
So I marked the top, sandwiched it, did the outline quilting and was very excited at how well it was all coming together. I was even pleasantly surprised when I finished quilting the phrase. I thought this was going to be quite difficult but I found it relatively simple. I was in the groove and things were just clicking!
Sadly the next day my grove was gone. I practiced my stitches for the 'earth' on a practice sandwich and they turned out really well but when it came to doing them on the real thing it was a different story. Although it is not a large quilt I found maneuvering the bulk whilst trying to keep the stitching consistent was a real challenge. I wobbled all over the place and as a result I am very unhappy with the echo quilting.
It is taking all of my willpower to stop myself from ripping those stitches out. I have to remind the perfectionist in me that this is a learning tool and I will get better. Who knows, by the end of the project my quilting will be so impressive no will notice the wonky ocean current!
Happy quilting everyone.