Working on a serie of quilt can help you improve your skills

If you’re bored and looking for a new challenge, might I suggest working on a series of quilts to improve your skills. That’s what I realized when I decided to work a my rainbow series.  But little did I know that it wasn’t just the piecing of the quilts… it was also a learning experience for the quilting.

My rainbow series

Machine quilting and hand quilting are always in style
Two rainbow quilts made using the Dancing Diamonds pattern

It was in January 2017 that I worked on a series of rainbow panels based on my Dancing Diamonds pattern.  They literally stayed on a roll for almost 18 months as I didn’t know how to quilt them. It was only during the summer of 2018 that I pulled them out again.  I was packing for my summer vacation in a cottage when I realized I had no quilting project to bring, so I took one of the panels and sandwiched it so that I could hand quilt using pearl cotton threads.  I quilted circles using a variety of colors while my husband was driving, or early in the morning while waiting for everyone to wake up. I am quite pleased with the overall look.

modern hand quilting
Hand quilting using pearl cotton threads

I had two other days at home during my holidays and I decided to get the courage to pull out the embroidery unit on my PFAFF creative icon and quilt the second quilt in the series.  I was so stressed… for absolutely no reason! It was so easy.

Quilting with PFAFF creative icon
Machine quilting and face binding created a beauty

And I finally conquered another great fear!  After finishing the binding on two other quilts, I finally had the courage to try face binding. I really felt that this was the best approach for these two quilts.  And I did it! I love the look.

Sometimes working on a series of quilts helps you work through your challenges. And when you achieve your goals you’re less afraid of starting up new challenges. So go ahead and start working on a series.


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