Isn't it wonderful when something captures your quilting imagination and keeps hold of it until the end of the job.
Thats how I feel about this little log cabin piece.
Friday night I sandwiched and quilted it continuing the leaves theme.
I'm pretty confident with free-motion quilting - it's just like drawing with the needle as the pencil and moving the 'paper/fabric' instead of the 'pencil/needle'.
However following lines is a whole different ball game to me - one I certainly need lots of practice at.
I was always under the impression it was best to do 'in the ditch' straight lines with a walking foot and had never had particularly satisfactory results. However last summer I had a conversation with a very accomplished machine quilter who told me she does all her quilting whether free-form or in-the-ditch with a darning foot and using her hands to guide everything as you would with any normal free-form work.
I tried this around the stars on Spencer's Stars with mixed results - most of it was okish but I did wander off my lines now and then.
However on this log cabin I could tangibly feel the improvement on each of the four log corners and by the end wasn't wandering too badly at all.
Now I just have to bind it, adding in a hanging sleeve, and I think this one might come to work with me for my notice board above my brand new desk to remind me now and then why exactly I do actually go to work.
The old adage rings true again - 'Practice makes perfect!' - mine may not be perfect but we're getting there slowly!