This is the top I chose to practice on. It's not too big, and it divides easily into four sections
so I could try some different quilting patterns. The squares are the I Spy #18 pack at Two Bits Patches.
First of all I stippled with easy curving 'U' shapes. I worked from the centre to each side and back again, leaving four quarters to fill in with different patterns.
The first quarter got a squiggly line across the middle, then echo quilting each side.
Next was a squiggly shape followed by echo quilting.
Then, a paisley pivoting design. This was the best ever, I had so much fun doing it.
Finally, an edge to edge bubble wand. Hmmm, needs some more practice.
Here's the final result. It does look like a practice piece rather than a finished work. I had been avoiding free motion quilting because everyone said it was so difficult to do. But I was pleasantly surprised with the result and I wished there was more space to fill.
The back of the quilt is a panel that I scored somewhere.
So, how do you quilt your I Spy quilts? Do you use free motion quilting? Will I be brave enough to try it out on a special quilt for a granddaughter? (Yes, I was!)
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