Today was the monthly sewing/crafting meeting with one of my friends. She has been learning free motion quilting. Although I have no desire to do free motion quilting, I certainly don't mind picking out projects that will allow practicing to occur. It was my turn to pick out a project and I wanted/needed new placemats. With that in mind, I selected the Framed Seasons quilt as you go placemats. Here's a picture of the pattern project:
With this project we were able to practice free motion quilting (I chose to outline quilt) the center section, quilt as you go, stitching evenly, and topstitching. This was a fairly quick project. We started getting everything together at 9 am and by 11:30 am we had both made two placemats. At this point, I ran out of matching thread which required a trip to JoAnn's for another spool of thread. I also realized that I needed a new blade for my rotary cutter but unfortunately the needed size wasn't available. Here's a picture of my finished project:
This project made me realized that I definitely need more practice with topstitching. Why does topstitching seem so difficult? I was using the foot on my machine to help with keeping the stitches straight. My friend was using a specialty foot for topstitching. I'm not sure that she had an easier time of doing the topstitching. I would love to hear your favorite tips on the topstitching technique.
The next meeting we will be making lampshades. I have decided not to make my own lampshades but I will be helping to create the lampshades for my friend.