The last quilt top I finished (finished as in the top only, not finished as in actually quilted!) was my Revisited With a Plan top. Thankfully it finally came together. In the process, I ended up with bits and pieces of stripes, blocks, circles and scraps. I'm the type who has to use up each spare part and piece right away. Maybe I think the world will stop spinning or sun won't rise, but I cannot put it aside for a later time.
Like the quilt top, this table runner was totally on the 'fly'. Once I had a basic idea it grew from there and blossomed into a full fledged finished piece!
|12 3/4" x 35 1/2"|
The back of this is black. Normally I would never consider white thread on black, or black thread on white. Really there isn't much choice, you have to do one or the other (or colors). It's going to show regardless. I figured what the hell and went with white thread inside the circles.
Trying to build my free motion quilting skills, I went with it. Somewhere I read on a blog not to drop your feed dogs when you FMQ. Anyone ever heard that? Or tried it? I had my practice sandwich and decided to give it a try. To my amazement it was so much more controlled! The stitches were ten times more consistent than dropping those dogs! I really was shocked! Granted this was one time, so maybe the next time won't be so successful!
I have to say, I love the white thread on black! Especially in this nest photo!
Then I went back in to my comfort zone. Black thread. Organic wavy lines, pebbles. It was still an eye opening process up to the comfort zone part!
I never tire of learning new things! Not dropping my dogs for FMQ was new and exciting. I hope it wasn't a fluke, or I dreamt I read it somewhere or I'm the last one on earth that knew about it!
What have you learned lately that made your jaw drop in amazement?!