I've got another customer quilt to work on this week. It has a center medallion with setting triangles around it and I suggested filling the triangles with a feather design. She said yes, so I decided I better practice to see how I wanted to do it.
Pretty, isn't it? Wool applique on cotton. The blog addy above is where the feathers will go. I had a leftover practice piece from the Expo that I didn't use, so I pulled it out and drew a few new lines to approximate the size of the setting triangles.
Not entirely pleased with these two above, very hard to get into those corners. Repeat after me, "It looks much better when done in black on black fabric". Self-doubts go away!
Have you had trouble getting the dreaded blue marker out? I always rinse my quilts completely to get it out instead of just using a spray of water. I also just got this eraser-pen by Nancy's Notions,Clover Brush Type Eraser and while it's made to go with a specific line of fabric marking pens, It took care of a wayward line of Mark-B-Gone with no problems. It's been 3 days since I erased with it and it hasn't reappeared.
I try to not actually mark customer quilts with anything as I'm so careful with them. But this practice piece was fine.
On the next two triangles, I used my Fine Line continuous curve ruler to mark the spine, but I didn't extend it all the way into the corners. I liked that much better, not so crowded. I still need to work on that final plume on the outside. See all my marks?
I need more practice, but I broke down and took my poor overworked Jan for a spa treatment. Also know as a "Clean, Oil, and Adjust" service at my Janome dealer. I'm good about cleaning the bobbin area and use a drop of oil in the wick under the bobbin now and then. But I've had her for 3 years and still hadn't taken her in for a free annual service. My sweet local dealer gives 5 years free service on all the Janomes he sells.
So I will have to wait until tomorrow afternoon to practice some more. Then I need to get cracking on that quilt!
I'm linking this post up with Nina Marie's Off the Wall Friday link party and Leah Day's Free Motion Friday link party too. Go and check out what some great folks have been up to!