Life is full of surprises. After trying my hand at free-motion machine quilting I vehemently said that I am definitely a hand quilter. Each time I tried free motion machining it made me irritable and sweaty. But this week I spent happy hours at my sewing machine, free-motioning away on a set of small paper doll quilts (made from fabric, in the style of paper dolls). My intention was to stitch them slowly by hand — as is usually my wont — but something happened after I decided to stabilize the background by machining in the horizon and the sky.
These are photographs of the process of making the first machine-quilted (!!) paper doll quilt.
On reflection, it wasn’t only a happy surprise that I discovered the delights of free-motioning. I recently acquired a darning foot for my machine (from prize money) and that has made all the difference.
Today’s bit of musing. Instead of the hackneyed, gendered phrase “a bad workman blames his tools” how about this: a good needlewoman thanks her tools.