Today, I started quilting my Walk in the Woods quilt. It's the first time I've done free motiong quilting (FMQ) on a bed sized quilt. I learned a few things!
1. You need to get a flow going to get the meandering motion you want. This is not aided by small children's constant demands for juice, milk, water, chocolate, croissants, pins, needles, bread rolls, "arts and craps" sets, painting, scisssors, crayons, measuring tapes to use as skipping ropes, assistance with jigsaw making, help with toileting, more painting, more juice, crackers, biscuits (the European types!), lunch (at 10am), new toys....hmm, I think I've covered at least half of it there.
2. When you finally do get a flow going, your thread breaks. You get it going again and the bobbin runs out. This repeats itself for a while.
3. When you get it going again after point 2, your almost-5-year old demands help setting up a Wii game. You then get distracted playing silly skiing games on the balance board. Your flow is now shot to pieces.
4. You read all the instructions & tutorials about how to do FMQ but you really hate those bicycle clips for keeping the quilt rolled up and abandon them, leaving you to wrestle your quilt around the machine and the kitchen table.
5. You detach your quilting extension table after approximately 15 minutes because its driving you insane. It's so useful for straight line quilting, you can't believe how much it interfers with FMQ.
6. It takes a long time to get used to moving the quilt around when you are used to letting the machine pull it through for straight line quilting.
7. You discover you are incapable of working in rows and end up just going with the flow, meaning when you finish you reckon there's about 1/3 done but its so haphazard its hard to tell.
8. Your stitch length is all over the place. Now, you know the 8 year old recipient of the quilt will not notice but you do!!
9. When you finally, eventually start to make real progress you look at the clock and realise its 2pm, everyone is still in their pyjamas and no one has had lunch yet.
10. But, when you pack away your stuff, you realise how fast the FMQ was and how nice it is looking despite lots of mistakes. You are happy!!!