And I FMQ-ed and FMQ-ed and then it was finished! My Double Dutch round robin quilt.
Size: 49" x 49"
Piecing by: (from the middle) me, Marjolein, Mari, Nicolette, Eva-Marie, Lotje, and me again, A.K.A. Double Dutch
Quilting: free motion quilting by me, my very first project quilting like this! I used a lot of thread, at least three full bobbins and corresponding top thread. I used polyester thread, that I also normally sew with.
Binding: scraps of leftover binding from previous projects
Batting: 100% cotton
Backing: red and white gingham from the market
Now I'm going to show you lots of detail shots of the quilting of course, what did you expect ;-)
This free motion quilting was so much fun! Like doodling on your quilt. I got the information on how to FMQ from all over the internet, and from these two books: Free-motion quilting with Angela Walters and The practical guide to patchwork by Elizabeth Hartman.
My top tips would be:
* Pull the bobbin thread to the top of your work so it doesn't get tangled in your work at the back
* Practice a bit to get a feel for the process and to figure out the settings for your machine. I found that I needed to put my machine on half speed, but that all the normal tension settings stayed the same.
* Just do it. Start on a 'for keeps' project soon. And keep going even if your stitch lengths aren't all perfect (or aren't perfect at all). Don't be hard on yourself! Who in your real life is even going to look at your stitch lengths ;-)
* Have fun!!