Twisted Petal in the nine patch blocks and triangles, a simple grid for the triple rail blocks and Pumpkin Seed Bar for the border. I've used Matilda's Own cotton batting, a mottled yellow backing, Gutterman cotton variegated yellow thread for the blocks and in the bobbin, and Coats & Clark Star cotton thread for the border. Harriet suggests in her book to give yourself a challenge and try quilting on solid fabrics - looking at the results I don't think I'm ready for this yet!
The Twisted Petal stencil is a perfect fit for the block
Borders - the side triangle design has been extended over the inner border
Quilting is done!
I must admit to getting very frustrated with quilting. I've been doing free motion for around nine months now and am unhappy with my slow progress. I should be doing these simple designs perfectly by now, but my quilting is still very wonky.
Uneven stitches, wiggly lines, messy stops and starts are basics I can't seem to overcome. My excuse is that I'm using an unfamiliar machine but to be honest these are issues I've had all the way through . After a day of frustration, I pulled out my quilting books and re-read the basics. Ho-oh! it seems I've been getting sloppy. My posture was poor, my hands flat and my seat too low for a start. How fast we develop bad habits - it's no wonder I'm having problems. Simply changing the way I was holding the quilt under the needle made a big difference.
A little lump on the back every time I stop or pause
Uneven stitching, sloppy starts, crooked lines
Just the binding to do on this one and the quilting is up to date, so it's back to piecing for me.