Sewing is one of my more regular craft-type pursuits. Quilting is a more recent one and I’m willing to experiment with my sewing machine. Specifically the quilting, free-motion, or darning foot.
Without getting too technical when using this particular foot, the feed dogs are lowered and the pressure on the foot is set to light. This allows the sew-er to gently maneuver the fabric in any direction while sewing, not just in a straight line.
I wanted to experiment with free-motion quilting and our heating pad needed a new cover. No one would ever see this so what better way to learn than to practice!
I layered a piece of 100% cotton batting between two pieces of cotton fabric and pinned this all together before taking it to my sewing machine. The total size was 12 inches by 27 inches. I began stitching in the center and made my way out toward the edges.
My stitches aren’t even as I moved the fabric around. Going slowly gave me better control of stitch length. You can see some longer stitches and very short stitches as I tried to make this star.
I drew a leaf with pink chalk and tried to go over the lines here.
More leaves and a heart.
Can you see the hidden messages below?
I added binding around the entire piece (don’t look at the horrible corners!) then folded it in half to make a padded envelope for our heating pad. I also made a new flannel cover to conceal it all and make it removable for washing.
I do need lots more practice using this foot on my sewing machine before I tackle a regular-sized quilt. It was fun and I learned a few things.
Do you sew and have you tried using all of the feet that came with your machine?
I didn’t write this post that I’m linking to but it sure does reflect how I feel today.
Karen from nothing but knit2 really hit the nail on the head with her writings today. I hope you read what she wrote. Click here.
I mailed my Christmas cards on December 11, 2020. That’s about a week earlier than I usually get them ready for the mail. But I figured with the hot mess this country (and the world) is dealing with, I’d get a head start.
My sister lives less than 200 miles from me. She just received our Christmas card yesterday. 25 days to go 200 miles. That’s around eight miles a day. I think the Pony Express moved faster than that!
And yet it is called the postal “service”.
I captured the sky over the weekend as the grey clouds parted and a small sliver of blue peeked through.
I thought this would be an excellent gradient scheme to knit something with, not sure what exactly, but great all the same. Now to find yarn in those colors.
Or try to dye some myself.
Nature is so inspirational.