I decided to make a wall hanging for my quilting room with a block for each quilt I made during my first year of quilting. It was fun to make something small for a change and it gave me a chance to practice some techniques. I still have a long way to go on just about all aspects of quilting. First some pictures (from the person who isn't a picture taker!)
cool hangers recommended by Leah Day.
Leah has been my inspiration to try free motion quilting and I used this piece as my first attempt at stippling. In general I was pleased with the result, although if I could do it again I would have used a different color thread. I'm not sure what color, perhaps the blue/green variegated thread I used on the 3D quilt. I also would have made the stitch that holds the binding on narrower. I wanted more practice putting the binding on this way and I can tell that I need to work on turning the corners. The stippling was easier than I anticipated. I had some trouble going over the non-traditional fabrics in the quilt - the knits from the tee-shirt quilt and the fabric from the cuddle quilt. It was a lot of fun. And the more you relax, the easier it is. I forgot to put my stitch length to 0 as recommended but actually I think on my machine keeping the stitch length on the standard setting gave me slightly better stitches.
I actually did a form of free motion quilting on the 3D quilt trying to make a seaweed like design and ocean waves. I like the result on this piece better. I have another quilt top ready to baste and quilt and it will at least in part have stippling. I will need to adjust my sewing tables to handle the weight of a large quilt better. I noticed that when this piece was mostly hanging to the back of the machine it became difficult to manage the fabric and that would be even more pronounced in a large quilt.
My quilt list for this year has eight quilts on it! I'm not sure I'll get those all done but I don't have to worry about running out of ideas for awhile.