Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Penny's quilt

I mentioned that I had gotten a sewing machine for my birthday and I have been putting it to good use. I made some table runners for Thanksgiving and some Christmas gifts that I forgot to take pictures of. I got some really cute puppy themed fat quarters in my stocking so I decided to make a small quilt for Penny to use on the couch. I figure it didn't matter how messy it came out and it would keep her from licking the couch and getting too much fur on it. I cut a bunch of 5' squares and pieced them together. On some of the squares I appliqued a little shadow corgi. I found an image online and traced the outline onto freezer paper. I ironed that onto the fabric and used it as a guide for cutting. That stuff is amazing. It sticks until you peel it off and saves a bunch of time by eliminating the need to trace designs onto fabric. So I got to practice my applique skills and my free motion quilting skills. The swirls are a little hard to see in the image but they came out ok. It's definitely tough to maneuver the fabric around when free motion quilting and I think it would take some more practice to get really good at it. Overall I'm pleased with it and it was a good learning experience. I'm not sue how much quilting I will do in the future but I'm happy I know how.

I think Penny likes it :)