Quilting the Orizuru wall hanging turned into more of a task than my normal quilting. For this one, I wanted to do a really good custom quilting job on it instead of the usual pantograph. I need more practice with freehand quilting anyway, and a small project is a good place to start. Since I had the single block, doing some practice made sense.
Stitching in the ditch around the crane was the first step.
I like the look of stippling, but I haven’t done much of it. I tend to get into an area and then cross over a stitching line, losing track of where I am. Sometimes I miss an area, so practice is needed.
I am doing this on my workhorse vintage Kenmore machine because the cabinet gives me a large flat surface to move the piece. I know I can get a table extension for the other machines, but just didn’t want to buy something else. Besides, the Kenmore needs to be run from time to time to keep it in working order.
I put a darning / hopping foot on it, dropped the feed dogs and started in. The stitching is supposed to be relatively close, with meandering lines and curvy paths, with the stitching not crossing over itself. This is harder than it sounds. Although I started off well, it is easy to get backed into a corner and have to figure a way out, or tie off and start again. Plus, some of my stitching seemed a bit repetitious instead of random meandering.
Thankfully, it didn’t take long to finish one little block. I could take a look and see where I did OK, and where I got off.
On the back side, the crane needed more quilting. Leaving it totally free was too much.
I didn’t want the quilting to distract from the pretty Asian fabric, so I did a simple stitch in the ditch.
There, all done. I like this look so this is the plan for the wall hanging. So, that will be next.
I thought I would dive right into the wall hanging, but no, I just couldn’t. I stared at it for a bit, then baked some banana bread for DH. Next day I went to the basement and admired it while I organized my stamping worktable. I sat down to begin, then decided to do some laundry. I just couldn’t get started! Finally, I figured out that my fear of messing it up was preventing me from even beginning. I’ll show you what I did to overcome that next time. Well, that is after I go for a hike, have lunch with friends, and spend a couple of hours at a charity sewing event at my local quilt shop.
Does fear ever keep you from starting a project?