Progress is being made on the treadle project quilt I have been FMQ’ing, for what seems like forever and a day now! This one just wears me out. I am in the home stretch on it though, just one more full row + the final half blocks row to go now.
This one is quite large and it’s been so long since I FMQ’ed anything larger than twin size on my little ole Brother SQ-9000 DSM. I will be glad when it’s done! It easily fits our King-size waterbed with plenty to tuck in around the edges. I started off with trying to follow the lines I drew but quickly noticed a few things. First of all, I suck at following the lines. Second, nothing really grows straight and perfect so why should I try to make it that way? Some of the flower stems are wonky, fat, uneven, or just crazy looking and ya know what? That’s okay! Nature’s flowers are all beautiful, no matter how they grew. This is why I love quilting, it’s okay to be wonky or uneven, or simply off.., it all adds charm and a sense of oneself to what ya are making. It’s “artistic expression” and it’s MY expression at that given moment. So make it, quilt it, love it. It’s all you baby, all you!
I have been searching Google for a while now, and am truly amazed at the FMQ’ing being done on old treadle machines like the one I have. I haven’t really dabbled with that too much but am hankering to give it a go. I have successfully done a large continuous spiral on a practice sandwich and it turned out rather well. It would be quite cool to make a quilt, start to finish, all on the same machine, IMHO. Maybe the next treadle project I do will be just that. Hmm..,
This is the standard Double Irish Chain pattern but, I thought.., “what if..,” and played with colors on it. It started out with a fall feeling to it. However, the more I play with it, the more it just reminds me of life here in Oklahoma. Muted colors, lots of dirt, with pops of sunshine. Maybe a name to this quilt is in there somewhere. ;-) I am still trying to figure out binding color but have time yet as I am still quilting the darn thing!
Not my best work on the back but here is a peek:
I have learned a lot working on this project. For instance, never use broadcloth for FMQ’ing! It is horrible to quilt and get smooth stitching. Tension seems to be key here, not in the stitch but in the sandwich while ya move it around to quilt. Also, if the fabric is still ugly, you really did not cut it small enough! I love the flowered fabric but now I’m not so sure this was the right pattern for it. Yet I have no doubt it will find a good home with someone that just loves the colors. All quilts are loved by someone, somewhere, at some time or another.
Keep quilting, all y’all. Never be afraid to make it “wrong” for there is no wrong in quilting. Let the project speak to you and guide you, it knows how it should end. Happy quilting!