Free motion practice

Free motion quilting on my Bernina Aurora 440 can feel like driving with ski boots on.  No matter how delicate I try to be, all of sudden the stitches are racing. My control just isn’t there yet, so I decided to practice on some leftover fabric from the last baby quilt I finished. So, here’s my first attempt at McTavishing as a filler in the center and ferns for a border. The inconsistent speed resulted in some weird loops in the stitches. In the future I’ll work on smoothness (and take the ski boots off).

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Note to quilters: the orange chalk I used to mark the fern patterns? It never came out. I bought the multi-color chalk pack with a big red chalk holder at JoAnn’s. Next time I’ll try Sewline or Bohin.

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