A few weeks ago, during a Montreal Modern Quilt Guild meeting, the name Joe Cunningham came up. Now please don't throw anything at me, but I had no clue who Joe was. But many of the members knew of him, one of our members even met him in person, and they all spoke of him very positively. So when I got home, I immediately went on my computer and Googled him.
One of the things I found during my research was a Craftsy class taught by Joe himself. The class description was intriguing so I signed up.
After watching a couple of lessons, and feeling completely motivated to try out his method, I went searching through my fabric stash for something I could use to try it out.
I found a yard of a brown print with pink roses along with a beige solid and went for it. I even went crazy a little and added a few pops of bright pink!
I loved creating this quilt - but do not love the colours or the fabrics I chose. Totally not my style. But I couldn't let all this fabric and all that work go to waste so I pieced a backing, basted it and decided to use this as a practice piece for free-motion quilting.
I separated the quilt into seven horizontal sections with some wavy lines and then used seven different designs to fill in the sections. I even used contrasting thread to make sure I would see all the mistakes and try to get better by the end of the section. And it worked! The stitching got more and more consistent as I went along.
And you know what happened? Because this was such a fun learning exercise, I now love this quilt and will proudly show it off at the next MMQG show and tell! :-)
Has this ever happened to you? Did you ever not like a project, but pushed through and in the end, when it was all finished, you loved it?
Linking up at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday and at Quilt Matters for TGIFF because celebrating a finished project with others is so much fun!