The Free Motion Quilting Project: Curved Ruler Foot Quilting on My Hoop Quilt

Friday, September 22, 2017

Curved Ruler Foot Quilting on My Hoop Quilt

This week has been all about Hoop Quilts as I shared the podcast with Anne Marie Chany on Wednesday and now today I'm quilting my Hoop Quilt using ruler foot quilting!

I decided to challenge myself and use the curved edges of Dresden Templates #2 and #4 to create this cool design in the center of the quilt:


I love love love this effect, but it was a bit challenging to create. Watch this quilting tutorial to see how I quilted it:


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While no, my quilting wasn't perfect, I really enjoyed creating this hoop quilt. I've played around with using the curves on the Dresden Plate templates a bit on a practice sandwich, but you know there's nothing like trying a new technique on a real quilt. It really takes the challenge up another notch!


Something I was thinking about while making this project is my constant push / pull with perfection. For many years I nit picked my quilts to death and ripped out every single bad stitch. I didn't finish a lot of projects and the stuff I did finish, I usually didn't like very much.

Quilting this hoop quilt was the complete opposite - I quilted it from start to finish in 2 hours and it's peppered with mistakes. Sometimes the ruler wasn't in the right place and sometimes I got distracted and quilted something...creative...instead.

But now that it's finished secured in the hoop, I absolutely love it. Don't get me wrong, I still see the mistakes, but somehow leaving them in makes me happy. Is that weird or what?!

How are you feeling about perfection today? Are you striving for perfect stitches or accepting what is naturally coming from your hands and machine?

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

1 comment:

  1. I agree Leah!!! I just finished quilting a large sampler quilt. Most of the free motion I learned from your videos. I tell everyone that Leah Day is teaching me to free motion quilt�� In the beginning I ripped and ripped and ripped. The farther along I got (and tired of the quilt) Perfection left the building. It is done now and I love it. Like you I can see the mistakes but it is the first big quilt that I used free motion on so I cut myself a break! I have a Juki 2200mini domestic. I only use it for free motion. Thanks for the inspiration. We all love you!!!

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