I’ll be in Long Beach this week so this will be a shorter post. I want to share my fix for rounded corners when free motion quilting. Here’s what I mean:
It’s common to get these kinds of rounded corners or angles. Even though you absolutely stitched that corner, your machine rounds that corner off.
What happens is that that one single stitch was not strong enough to lock that sharp corner or curve in place. There’s a simple solution:
stitch two or three stitches in that corner before moving on. That will secure the direction change and will not leave a knot underneath.
When I was making Q.B.I.-The Quiet Beauty of Imperfection, there were lots and lots of corners and tight angles! The entire quilt was filled with them. I was using skinny, skinny 100 wt silk thread top and bobbin and I had to mindfully stitch twice in every single corner or they would have rounded. You do get in a rhythm and it becomes second nature, but if you don’t, you’re likely to have rounded corners.
I did turn another type of corner:
Yup, after pondering this for a mere 2 years, I added a “fun color” to my hair. NO, it had nothing to do with the Eagles’ football team colors! I got tired of being invisible and now, am I visible! I am surprised at the reactions I get, many say I am “brave”. I happen to know there is a fine line between “brave” and “stupid”, giggle! And personally I reserve “brave” for people that face huge challenges or face evil, life and death, etc.
It does take a bit of chutzpah to carry it off I have found. I’m not used to being noticed and that is a huge adjustment. When I first arrived home, Hubby was literally jaw-dropping-shocked. He ultimately decided he really liked it once he got over the initial shock. The second most common reaction was something along the lines of “I thought you were the least likely person to add a bizarre color to their hair”. Huh. Now what does that say about me?
NOTE: Newsletter readers, I may not put out a newsletter this week but I will be back the following week!
But I am realizing, it is expensive and it takes time. I hear it fades quickly. So the jury is out as to whether I’ll keep the color, but it’s been a fun ride so far!