But after a trip to a Bernina dealer, this pony has learned a new trick! I free motion quilted the most recent quilt I made for a friend's little boy. The quilt was supposed to be an awesome tumbleweed pattern but there was something really bizarre in the layout, so the tumbleweeds lost some of their points.
I don't make baby quilts in soft colors since so many people now use them for tummy time instead of sleeping, so I love to use bright colors.
I never pre-wash quilts, but this one had a peculiar smell and there was this little disaster that I needed to fix:
Another reason I had to wash it!
Since this baby's name is an easy one to write in cursive, I thought I'd try "writing" it at the bottom.
I free motion quilted one other time but I didn't like how stiff it came out. This one came out just as I wanted and after washing, it had a little puckering, which I liked. It took less time than my wavy technique and definitely way less fighting with the machine.
I didn't roll this at all. I pin basted and then used the stuffing method where I would organize a spot and push it through, leave the needle down and organize some more, etc.
Overall this was a great experience and I have two others waiting in the wings.