TBT is Throw-Back Thursday, and this quilt came very early in my longarm/custom quilting career. I won “Best Rookie” in my guild’s President’s Challenge back in 2006, about 6 months after I purchased my longarm!
The challenge was to use the square-in-a-square pattern, with five colors. I love batiks, as you can see! I wanted to try something along the lines of thread painting, so I (obviously) free-hand quilted the pineapple. Did I even think about drawing it with chalk first?!? Yikes! Overall, I am happy with this quilt, because many elements turned out pretty close to the vision I had in my head. When that happens, I call it success 🙂
Here you can see (maybe) some of my other design elements. I did a free-hand spiral flower in the pink border. The blue corners have an orange peel/continuous curve design. I did make a one inch chalk grid to guide me on that portion, and it turned out well. The outer border…well, let’s just say I would use a completely different pattern if I were to do it over today! I tried some parallel lines, and a spiral in the center. It’s sooooo wonky, LOL! Good thing I was the only rookie that year, wink wink nudge nudge.
SO, if you are a beginning free-motion quilter, take heart, you *will* get better! Just jump right in. I love challenges, because they provide focus for your creativity. Sometimes it is hard to come up with a design if you are staring at blank paper, but if you have some guidelines, they become a springboard for new ideas.
Look back at your early quilting efforts, and celebrate how far you have come on this journey.