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But, I just can't bring myself to have someone else do the quilting..it wouldn't feel like "my" quilt! I know that sounds silly, but it's just me, I guess.
So I agree with your husband! It will be beautiful!
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You have the will, now start building muscle memory by doodling with paper and pencil. Choose simple flowing designs to start: simple meander (like Loosely fitted puzzle pieces), then vary the meander into loops-still like loose puzzle. Once you are comfortable filling a page with these two doodles, go to your machine with small quilt sandwiches and practice. Remember to sit at your machine comfortably-knees at 90 degrees, feet comfortable, shoulders not hunched around your ears :-0,upper arms hanging down with forearms level with floor and wrists held level. Cotton gloves with rubber dots on the finger tips(Machingers or gardening gloves)or rubber finger tips will help you move the fabric sandwich without pressing down. Machine speed should be moderate hand speed should be a bit slower than you would expect in order to control the stitch length. Remember with the feed dogs down, you are controlling the movement of the fabric. Work for short intervals. Rest, stretch, check your work and determine if you are happy with the stitch length. YOu may need to move the fabric a bit slower to shorten the stitch or run the motor a bit faster. You decide. Practice these two patterns until you achieve smooth curves, even stitches and then look for a book that helps with more basics like leaves, hearts (which can be very similar and easy), simple geometrics and how to build from these.
I hope this helps you get going. Let us know! Happy Holidays.
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Thanks! Deequiltsinaday - Ojai, CA for the machine quilting advice. I grew up helping Mom with her quilting projects and hand sewing was the part I got to do. I've tried machine quilting and what a mess I got..icks...lost a lot of hair...might come back now. I'm making my grandsons 5 and 4 yrs old Christmas quilts and I'm trying the sewing machine again.
June from Indy
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Vo-tech school in Boonville has adult classes. I use decorative stiches that are on my machine, I've quilted from crib to queen size on it with out it being to much work. One important thing is to make sure the fabric stays as flat as possible while sewing, I use those giant safety pins. Hope this helps. I live in Bunceton just about 45 mins. from you.