Friday, July 5, 2013

First Day Out With My New Foot

I have mostly finished the thread work on the tulips and Rosie.  I decided that some more traditional quilting in the background would be a nice change from all the intense threadwork on the rest of this quilt.

For quilting and thread-painting, I have been using the same foot I purchased with my sewing machine some ten years ago -- I can't believe it's been that long.  It's a clear circle and has worked pretty well up 'til now.  But I wanted to do some really tight quilting around these lovely feathers and I just couldn't see through the plastic well enough to do it.  

So I finally broke down and got an open darning foot.  Fortunately, I didn't just start right in on my Tulips and Rose quilt because it works very differently from my old foot.  I made up a sample with the same fabric and wool batting.  I used the blue washaway marker and drew some feathers.  

It took a bit of practice, but I have gotten the hang of it.  It's interesting (to me, anyway) that my freemotion feathers are better than the ones I did stitching along the lines I drew.

I'm linking up with FMQ Friday today.


Maartje Quilt said...

Lovely tulips, lovely quilting!

Esther F. said...

Loving your work! It is very pretty. I have always worked with a (open) darning foot... Always, uh just for 6 months: that is how long I am doing FMQ! Still learning lots. You are a pro!!!
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Robbie said...

I love the feathers! And the green fabric is wonderful as well!!! Nice sample piece for sure!

Danih03 said...

Very nice work! I love the tiger at the top!!

MulticoloredPieces said...

Mmmm, yes, lovely quilting.
best, nadia

Judi said...

Great job you do really nice work I need to learn to do feathers like that

Beth said...

You put one of my recent thoughts into words and action.... using feathers on the fill, but I didn't do it!!! I just didn't have the time. Looking forward to seeing Rosie & Tulips completed.