I had some leftover blocks from my Simple Abundance/MoJo quilt, which I called the Ridiculously Cute Basket Quilt. Sara thought they would make an adorable little table topper, and combined them with some of my leftover scraps. How cute is this?
No waste=a free table topper!
She let me practice my machine quilting on it, which I appreciated, since I have a topper of my own I would like to get quilted. I need to remind myself over and over again to S.L.O.W D.O.W.N when I am machine quilting. I feel so out of control when I rush!
I did Stitch in the Ditch around the baskets, and a free motion loopy design for the borders. Going too fast when stitching in the ditch results in stitching that is not in the ditch, but rather in the general vicinity of the ditch, which is not satisfactory Going too fast when making loops results in weird shaped loops with varying stitch lengths. I managed to hit just about every example of what not to do in this project, but I also managed to get it right some of the time. Guess I need more practice...
My next machine quilting project will involve straight line stitching. No ditches, no free motion. I just need to follow diagonal lines across the quilt top. I can do that, right? This sort of machine quilting is supposed to be right up a beginner's alley, so wish me luck.
By the way, if you would like to see an amazing project, go over to Thelma's blog Cupcakes 'n' Daisies and have a look at her Red and White Tribute Quilt. You will not believe how creative and imaginative she is. Thelma managed to make a quilt that evokes the experience of being at the recent Infinite Variety Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts Show in New York City. Truly, this quilt deserves to be in magazines. It is one of the most stunningly innovative and inspired quilts I have ever seen.