Friday, July 7, 2017
Free Motion Frustration
I am all kinds of frustrated. There is a free motion design that I love, but I just can't seem to quilt it.
I draw out the design, trace it with my finger, practice it, even mark the quilt top for guidance and it just turns out ugly. I watch video after video. In the table runner above made with four left-over blocks, that I thought for about fifteen minutes would be a nice gift, I even double quilted it to try to fix it up a bit. That helped but it's still just not right.
I know I have a right/left thing going on in my brain, always have. I remember well my marching band teacher's dismay that I just couldn't get the foot patterns right. Especially since she was standing facing me. Eventually I practiced on my own, again and again, and I got it. Another memory: I was in second grade doing some kind of IQ test where a picture was shown with part of a hand or foot and I had to choose whether it was the right or left. And it was so hard, almost impossible.
I don't know whether that's what's going on here. I am determined, though. I will quilt an entire quilt with this design even if I have to throw it away. If that's not enough, I'll do another one.
I know there are many other designs that I can do well, but I like THIS one. And others like it.