First I practiced stippling on a baby quilt panel that I had inherited from Grandma Dott. It has a high loft poly batting, which makes it nice and fluffy.
As a newbie quilter, I posted on our neighborhood Facebook page that I was looking for some quilts to practice stippling on at a very discounted price. I got several quilt tops…thank goodness for quilters who are brave enough to give a new quilter one of their precious tops! My neighbor down the street loves to piece tops and has a big stack of them waiting to be quilted. She brought me this queen sized top.
Here is a close up of the stipple size and a picture of my favorite print in her quilt. The rectangular rose print. I am not really a pink sort of girl, but I love the colors in this quilt!
I also got this beautiful baby quilt from a friend of another neighbor. I was nervous about this one because she usually pays top dollar to very experienced quilters. I used a green from Superior and it blended beautifully with all the colors.
When I was at my quilter’s boot camp, I was so frustrated by the Pantovision (digital pantograph) that I went home feeling overwhelmed and horrified that I had taken out a loan to buy this longarm when I couldn’t even trace a pattern and make it look good. Free motion quilting came much more naturally and was so much fun. I am happy to say that I have made pretty good progress and now pantographs don’t scare me anymore.