Friday, June 03, 2005

Tish Groove--Ready to Quilt!


Here's a detail of "Tish Groove". All the outlines are done and couched. By hand. Good Lord, I must be insane because that took forever, but I like the effect and the texture it gives it.

Now I'm ready to quilt! I've never machine quilted before and I can't say I am the most confident about doing so on this particular piece. Deep breath Elle, breathe. My husband's like "Go for it!" I'm like, "Yiiiiiiiiiikes!" because I'm scared I might mess it all up! LOL. Does anyone else get like that sometimes?

Whooo...OK...needle to fabric...let's go! Wish me luck to not have an "Uh-Oh of the Day"! LOL.

9 comments:

Karoda said...

Elle, I'm very much like that...I will suggest making up about 5 or 6 practice sandwiches before you actually do start with Tish's Groove.

Dara said...

Wow, that is wonderful! All that detail and texture. Yes, I get that way with machine quilting. I practice on felt squares as Robbi Joy Eklow suggests, but then I still need to get used to the weight and size of the actual piece. But once I get going, it can be very Zen.

FunkyC said...

Hey, Girl! I read your Star Wars post. You mean it's not real???

Free motion quilting is all about the rythym for me. Have fun with the practice pad: write your name in cursive, make some groovy doodles, just cover that thing with stitching until you're comfortable coordinating machine speed with hand speed.

Then GO for it!

Gerrie said...

This is going to be so cool! Do practice. I think I have screewed up more than one promising qult with the machine quilting. You just have to go for it! Good luck.

Elle said...

This one's from Melanie:
"I used to be like that, rarely am now, but do still have hesitance. Search for styles and lines that you like in other quilt artists' work. Trace your artwork and doodle lines over what you have traced, get loose and then go for it. Rip if you need to. I am densely quilting the nude I am working on now, I ripped so much that I began calling her the B!*ch! But it had to be right."

Thanks for the great advice everyone! I think I'll whip up some little sandwiches first!

Caitlin said...

Yep, I'm about to embark on the same adventure - I wonder how many times I'm going to rip out before I'm happy?! GODD LUCK!

Nikki said...

She's lovely Elle! And yes, practice sandwiches. I use them every time I want to try a new quilting pattern.

Sonji Hunt said...

It looks wonderful, Elle. I agree about practicing your machine quilting on a few sandwiches. I can't wait to see the finished product. So exciting!

gabrielle said...

Elle, You can do this...it is already very cool...just keep the Zen going..we are already masters at all the we need...we just need to accept it. Of course, everttime a needle breaks or a bobbin runs out, I still curse the sewing machine.