... Umm ... The stupid look on my face prompted the questioner to explain what she meant. "A Quilter pieces the top, bastes the quilt sandwich, then quilts it" ... Ok, got that ... "A Topper just enjoys the piecing/patchwork and predominately sends the quilt to a long-armer". She then followed up saying that she's a "Topper". She really enjoys the patchwork and man.oh.man is she good at it!
This simple question has been mulling around in my head for a while. I do absolutely love the patchwork side of things and get such a kick out of having points match just so, but when I see all the wonderful quilting out there I get a certain glint in my eye ... my husband doesn't like this glint ... it usually means it's going to cost him a lot of money!
My birthday and Christmas are quite close together so I asked for a joint present which I normally kick up a major stink about - but it would be different this time - because Janome was having a major sale and I was in the need of a major machine.
I'd like you all to meet my new Janome Memory Craft 8200 QC!
|Hmm might need a bigger sewing table!|
Up until last week, he's been sitting, unopened, in his box ... I was too scared to use him. Finally hubby threatened to return him, so I had a strong cup of tea (*ahem*) and opened.the.box.
Sheesh! What took me so long? - This machine is fantastic, I love it, I hope it loves me in return and we live happily ever after together (Sorry, I've been watching a lot of Frozen with my girls).
The first thing I did was drop the feed dogs, add the closed toe darning foot and let rip! This is what I got ...
Really short stitches, ok, going too slow ... then really long stitches, ok, going too fast ... then fairly even stitches, better but still need to practise heaps!
I've found that my hands like to go round and round, loop to loop rather than meandering so that's what I did mostly. I'll just go with the muscle flow until I have some nice even stitches then I'll stretch myself from there.
|Had a go at writing my name|
Ultimately I'd like to get to a stage where I'm confident to quilt this flimsy.
|Jammy's Jumbo's Quilt Flimsy|
I've sketched out a plan of how I would like to quilt it ... do you do that or does it just come to you as you go?
I feel I need to plan it at this early stage of my FMQ journey.
So there you have it ... I've decided that I'm going to be a "Quilter" ... wish me luck!
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