Last one week I have been devotedly practicing and learning to make my hands perfect on free motion quilting. I also wanted to try out raw edge applique’ and last week I was full of energy and eagerness to do both.
My plan was to make a small wall hanging using raw edge applique’ and to try out free motion quilting on that. Well, while browsing online I came across a wonderful tutorial from Kellie of Don’t look now for a beautiful cushion cover. I made a wall hanging instead, using the same technique. I also went through some of the tutorials online on using a fusible web for applique’ .
I started my project with high spirits , and after deciding on my fabrics set out to do the applique shapes. I found using a fusible web to be very easy and was happy at the way things were progressing. Once I arranged all my shapes on to the background fabric the result was so nice that I became anxious to use my beginners skill of free motion on it, worried I might spoil the whole thing.
But they say …… take a leap with faith and I did just that and here’s the result of my faith and patience…….
Isn’t it beautiful…………. Well I know its not perfect, but for my first proper project its pretty decent and I am very happy.
Click on the picture to see the detailing…..
Initially I thought to sew the raw edge using the normal foot, but when I tried sewing the raw edge using my free motion foot it was better, though the stitches were not perfect, it was ok. I used the same color thread as the flowers to cover any irregularities.
Finally I machine quilted the back ground which was the most challenging part of the whole thing. ( You all must have seen my previous post about free motion quilting.) With that experience, I was really dreading to do it around my beautiful flower applique. But again faith, kept me going and it turned out to be beautiful……. but I must say it was not a smooth sailing, my hands used to really get tired moving the fabric around with all that strain. ( Because of the inexperience)
But this has helped me evolve as a more confident free motion quilter!! LOL ( Of course a Beginner quilter)
I have finished the wall hanging with a simple binding and loops with some buttons.
One final picture of my wall hanging…………(Am I showing off too much……??? Can’t resist !! Sorry…)
I MUST THANK KELLIE FOR HER WONDERFUL TUTORIALS…. I WILL BE TRYING OUT MORE OF HER TUTOIRALS FOR SURE.
Hope you all will surely send in your lovely comments and advices. I eagerly wait for them. Till my next post , Take care….