Well there you have it. My first efforts in free-motion quilting. It for a tote bag I’m making for my mom for Mother’s Day, based on this Sew, Mama, Sew tutorial. The quilting is far from perfect, but I’m actually pretty happy with it. It’s turning out better than I thought it would. A lot of it will be covered by pockets, and my mom won’t mind the imperfections since I made it for her. The colors are a little less Spring-y than I wanted, but I saw this fabric (thumbnail at right), and it was just perfect for the lining and pockets! The tutorial recommended using a home-dec. weight fabric for the outer shell of the bag, to give it a little more strength. I got this gold stripe on sale 40% off at Jo-Ann. The colors actually match my mom’s living room decor, oddly enough, so I know she’ll like them. Since I’m putting together the bag, my brother is going to help me fill it with gardening stuff as the rest of her gift.
Can you see how the gold fabric is kind of shiny? This means it is slippery! I had gotten these quilters finger grips on a whim at Jo-Ann a while back and decided to try them out. I didn’t even get through quilting one flower motif before I gave up on them. They were slippery on the inside and didn’t quite fit my fingers (especially my thumb), so the grip would sort-of stick to the fabric while my finger slid around inside. Not good. I’m curious to know what (if anything) you guys use to hold your fabric while quilting.
But on to one of my most favorite notions:
I don’t remember where I read about the Kwik Klip, but it is an absolute lifesaver when pin-basting — or perhaps I should say finger saver 🙂 After I basted my Happy Campers quilt (which, with y’all as my witnesses, I will start quilting this weekend), my legs and back were sore from crawling on the floor hunched over the quilt sandwich, but my fingers were prick-free and not the least bit sore!
What are your favorite tools?