|It was like 70 degrees on Sunday - that's the only time a hammock is appropriate in January!|
My biggest quilting "resolution" for this year is to work on my FMQ skills! That's just what the Groove quilt needs - some texture! Much like many of the other Groove quilts you'll see floating around, I decided to use a different free motion quilting pattern in each color area of the quilt.
|Echo paisley in the yellow portions of my Groove quilt|
So far the yellow is full of echo paisley (it's almost echo shell, it doesn't quite come back to the origin enough... but whatever, I like it anyway!) and the orange has the start of some pebbles (yeah, I once said I was done with pebbles, but these ones will be bigger and in a smaller area).
|Pebble quilting in the orange areas - it looks like a Band Aid in this picture|
The only issue I'm still really having is getting the tension right on the back. I slowed my hands down so I'm not getting insane loopies on the back, but the tension is still a little wacky. I've just been cranking the dial up to like 6 and it seems to be helping. Does anyone else find that that's okay? I had to do that before and thought it was the crappy thread I had at the time - now I am doing that with Aurifil.
|You can see that the tension is a little wonky, especially in the orange-on-cream area|
I'll have to master three more patterns to be able to finish this quilt! I'm thinking swirls, wood grain, and something else. I don't really want to do anything angular, it seems like curves fit this curvy quilt! Any suggestions for the final FMQ pattern on this one?
Linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced!