What follows is my first ral attempt at free motion quilting. As you can see if was a fail. It cost me like an hour and a half to finish less than one third of the back panel for my pillow and three broken needles. I dont know what I was doing wrong but I just could not get it right. I left it like that as motivation to get better and to show how far I have come hopefully one day. lol The other side of the back I did in a wacky crazy zag. Straight lines are so much easier. The front I wanted a little more finished looking so I did that in a somewhat more uniform zig zag. The whole pillow could probably go under some category of lazy quilting, but whatever. What you are looking at is the inside where I used scraps and stuff. The solid pink is actually from the beautiful pillow case that started this whole project. My daughtert used the pillowcase like a potholder and burned it (why I will never know). I love these sheets and need both pillow cases. These are Isaac Mizrahi sheets now. So I used what was left of the burned case and embellished it with other fabrics to use as a replacement and to practice on the cheap.
This next project was inspired by a group of African fabrics. I am not sure how to quilt with fabric like this , so I thought I would just improvise something. I didnt want another hexagon pattern but I did want something I could make at night while watching tv or just chatting with my girls. So this is actually Doreen's Circle blur jean pattern. I modified it a little trying to make it a lap project. I tried several ways of sewing the little windows by hand and it just didnt look good. Finally I had to zigzag the windows but I did mattress stich the resulting squares. Its actually hanging on my wall now. My daughter liked it so much she wants me to frame it, which I do beleive I will. Gladys, my wonderful new friend who helps me keep clean and orderly at home, would like to sell a few at her church. So I will count this project a success and make a few more it seems.