Update to this post; I finished my bag! And I love it! Here are finished photos.
Here’s the bag turned to the reverse side.
And a look at the side panels.
I first tried free motion quilting many years ago, about 35 years I think. I took a class at a local fabric store and remember recommendations to get a spring that replaced the press foot. Unfortunately, I was never wildly successful with this setup. I did do a couple very small projects that I can’t remember. They were not very good, I’m sure! I eventually became to frustrated with my less than stellar results and gave it up.
So, 35 years later and not one, but two awesome sewing machines that happily sew anything I ask, I am again tackling machine quilting. I’ve taken several online classes and finally, the planets and karma seem to have aligned. I am finding I enjoy the quilting process, quite a change from my experience years ago. So, on to my current project.
I am working on a bag utilizing techniques in Leah Day’s Craftsy class Free Motion filler, Vol 2. I love using my Janome 7700 for quilting because it has speed control. It can sew a lot faster than I can and since I’m concentrating on perfecting my stitches, speed control really helps keep things manageable.
I don’t have a flat surface for sewing, a really useful feature when quilting. I put some of my sewing books to good use to build up a larger, flat work surface. Not perfect, but working pretty well for this small project.
Here’s another view of my jerry rigged flat work surface.
Here’s a shot of one side of the bag, pinned and ready to start stitching.
Here is one of the sides in progress.
Here’s a shot of the back of the bag in progress.
And the completed quilting, both sides are beautiful.
Day three of the bag project and I started on the second side.
Below is progress from today. Hoping to finish the bag by the end of the coming weekend.