One of the other things I taught myself on this quilt was how to stipple. I bought the free motion foot and practiced for a while. I looked on YouTube for lessons and still couldn't seem to figure it out. I even messages one of my fellow bloggers. I just couldn't get the lines to be smooth curves.
So I did the next thing I could think of. I called my local quilt shop and
asked for help. Well actually first I asked about the classes they offer. Just my luck, I had missed the most recent one by a few days and the next one wasn't until September. I started to explain to the lady the issue I was having. She laughed and told me to relax. Well her exact words were "put on some music and have a glass of wine". I laughed and she told me she was serious. She said my arms were to stiff and I was stressing too much about it being perfect. I just needed to let the quilt and my arms flow and relax. She also recommended I practice a bit more. With just a week until the baby shower I put it in high gear. I practiced on Sunday (with my glass of wine) and became more comfortable with it. I couldn't believe how easy it was. I did a little more practice on Monday after work. Come Tuesday I was ready to try my luck at the quilt. I had to, the shower was on Sunday and I still needed to bind and wash the entire thing. So when did I finish? Saturday night at 1:30 in the morning. Well that's when I put the quilt in the wash. I waited for the quilt to be ready for the dryer and then I went to bed. When I woke up in the morning I folded and wrapped the quilt. I have to say I'm really glad I kept at it and figured it out. I can't wait to make the next quilt.
Here's a close up of the applique I did on the tree and leaves. I've never done this before. I was supposed to use the free motion foot to quilt around the leaves, but I couldn't get the control just right. My mom suggested I use the regular foot. It took a really long time, almost longer than the stippling did. I have to say, the tree did look pretty cool.