|Quilt-Along quilt in progress
I think I put the squares together in the winter of 2013 during a guild quilting retreat. I remember making the piano keys for the border. I really like how it worked out. Here's a partial view of the quilt-in-progress.
I wanted to wait to quilt this until I was able to do some free-motion quilting. Since I now have more experience and have learned various free motion techniques, it's time to practice on my Beginners' Quilt-Along quilt. The technique I decided to use is called Dot-to-Dot quilting with Angela Walters through Craftsy. I've really enjoyed Angela's class. There are three main quilting patterns and then tons of variations that you can create.
|First quilted block without marking - Yikes!
|Marked lilac block
|Marked green block
Here are the 3 marked blocks that I'll be quilting soon. I've been able to mark all of these squares with a pen that disappears when you iron the fabric. I didn't bother marking all of the lilac square since I'll just be following the lines of the windmill design .
|Marked lime green block
What I learned:
- I will probably be marking these for a while. Of course the more I practice, the better I'll get.
- Marking is really not that time consuming since it's only with a ruler and not a template.
- Marking also lets me figure out what I want to quilt. If I don't like it, I just iron the marking off!
- It's also helping me get better at quilting on the line. It's more difficult than you might think!