|back of a 14 x 14" doll quilt|
My first attempt isn't perfect, and it might not get a passing grade from a teacher, but I'm satisfied, and I'm not discouraged. So this old dog will keep practicing.
|fans are noticeably sloppy on the front|
I found videos and tutorials for quilting Baptist fans (AKA Methodist fans or elbow fans). But most involve marking or using purchased tools. Then I found Bonnie Hunter's tutorial for hand quilting Baptist fans without marking -- under her Tips and Techniques tab. Could I use her instructions to guide my machine quilting? As soon as I saw her pencil drawings halfway through her tutorial, I knew that I'd try it her way.
I first drew lines on paper (as Bonnie did), then I stitched a few groups on scrap fabric. Then I went right to this ugly little doll quilt made from random scraps. The quilting actually looks
When I begin quilting the large quilt, I'll go row by row, right to left, from bottom to top. Bonnie goes around corners, filling in all four edges, then moving toward the center till all is filled in, I did that with the doll quilt, but I'll go row by row on the big one.
So -- I'm not afraid, and I'm ready to try it for real. Thanks for the simplicity of your method and instructions, Bonnie.