I have done my own quilting on many projects in the past up to twin size and I have also loved, loved, loved the talents of my favorite long arm quilters (and will continue to!) But I still want to improve my free motion skills and my main motivator is simply so that I enjoy it more!
Nothing big, nothing stressful. Sometimes just extra orphan blocks I have left over from a project, sandwiched up. I like these little minis because there's no stress and I can practice quilting designs without stressing about ruining a bigger project. It's a good time to test the thread color effects on different fabrics and block patterns. And the small size makes them very manageable under the machine.
|Free motion practice, meandering with loops|
|Here's the back (just batting, I didn't add a backing fabric on this one) but you can see the design better.|
|Under the machine, grippy gloves on - this means business!|
|This is what happens when I get too impatient and get lead-footed on the pedal.|
|This was the second pattern I practiced on today - kind of like a shark's fin, palm tree kind of motif.|