This week I’m setting myself a mini goal of learning how to machine quilt using the serpentine stitch and I’m breaking it down into small steps along with a timeline for getting them done.
I thought I would bring you along for the process and give you a glimpse of
how I go about learning new skills …
(What has this picture got to do with this mini goal I've set myself? Absolutely nothing! My Christmas Catus is showing off with all its blooms and I just wanted to share the beauty!)
Here's this week's breakdown ... wish me luck!
Saturday/Sunday: Watch the
following Youtube videos and take notes ... DONE!
Machine Quilting Tips, Serpentine Stitch ... DONE!
Monday: Consult sewing machine manual for serpentine stitch ... DONE!
Attach walking foot and guide on sewing machine ... DONE!
length and width of stitch and do a sample stitch ... DONE!
if needed ... DONE!
Practice! Practice! Practice! ... DONE!
how I want to quilt the quilt: horizontal,
distance between quilting rows, etc. DONE!
Thursday: Prepare quilt for quilting (spray baste quilt layers, etc) DONE! A week late but DONE! In fact, I have 4 that have been spray basted and are ready to be quilted!
Friday: Move machine to a large table to support weight of quilt
gloves for guiding and griping quilt
Start with needle down
Note: If you have to step away from the quilting for a day, days or even several hours, make a note what your stitch length and width are and make sure they are still set at those settings before starting again. DONE! I took a picture on my phone of the settings once I determined what gave me the look I wanted.
Saturday: Catch up day! (I would love to have one of the cuddle quilts I'm doing quilted using this method by this date!)
I can do all these steps at one time, if I get the chance but if not, having the entire task broken down into small steps assigned to specific days helps ensure that I’ll get them done!
Do you have any tips or suggestions on machine quilting using the serpentine stitch?
I’ll post updates as the week progresses!
How do you go about learning new skills?
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