Wednesday, October 26, 2011

IC 43: Nothing to fear but...

This week's Iron Craft challenge is "Nothing to fear but...".  I have nothing to fear, but these:

Sewing Machine feet

They're feet for my sewing machine. My mom's friend gave them to me (this is only a portion of the ones she gave me) along with a 2 inch three ring binder of instructions on what I can do with them.  It turns out that the binder only covers what I can do with some of the extra feet I was given!  Very intimidating for this girl who feels adventurous using the foot that makes a rolled hem!

Couple that with my thriftiness (ie not wanting to pay to have things quilted), the three quilt tops I've got almost ready and this post at Crazy Mom Quilts.  Surely with all those fancy feet, there was one for free motion quilting?  There was!
Free motion sewing foot

So, this week, I tackled my fear of the feet and my fear of machine quilting on my little old sewing machine.
Fortunately I had enough sense though to do a small sample first, because I'm not very good at this:
I think that's it's probably something I'd be able to do if I had a lot more practice, but in the mean time, I'm going to look at alternatives for quilting the quilts I've got.

Check out the IronCraft Flickr pool to see what everyone else was afraid of!


kat said...

I don't think I could even get as nice a flower as you did & I've already done a whole quilt top.

waggonswest said...

You did a great job with your flower. It helps to do lots of small practice pieces. I use scraps of muslin to get into the groove of fmq. I once heard that the ladies who hand-stitch perfect quilts would start of in the morning and stitch until they got into an even rhythm and then rip out their first, not perfect stitches. It actually makes sense to me that the same thing applies to FMQ but you need to do it on scraps 'cause ripping out on the quilt would be a major pain.

Jenny said...

I think you did a great job! It's always hard trying something new but that looks great.

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