Thursday, June 5, 2014

A learning tool......

Just pulled this small wallhanging off the long arm.  Try to ignore the chalked in feathers 
I have been wanting to do this wall hanging that Eve made several years ago.
(Eve is a friend at a retreat that I go to yearly and that particular year she made "everyone" something that had her applique on it).  I thought it would be a good practice piece for  the long arm. 
This was my first time doing micro-stippling that I did around the appliqued paisley.
Also, it was my first time doing the orange peel.  I did this free hand rather than using a ruler. 
I, also, learned that you don't do feathers on a busy background. Either that or you don't use So Fine thread to do them in because you can't SEE them!!!  Maybe if I had used Glide, I would have been better able to see where I was going or where I had been. 
So of course, on the back, I have missed feathers, overlapped feathers, feathers going in the wrong direction, etc.  
I had used chalk to draw on my feathers some time ago....long before I took Karen McTavish's classes.  Of course, I didn't follow those.   I was doing my own thing and my own thing wasn't all that good, but like I said....this was a learning experience and I learned a lot.
Oh and to top it off, I now know how to add extra backing to a quilt that is already on the long arm. 
Don't ask. 
For as small as this quilt was, I learned a lot. 
Next......the ABC quilt is loaded onto Millie. 
Stay tuned.


  1. Live….learn. Grow.
    Keep up the good work!

  2. Well, you are getting lots of practice, aren't you?



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