I started quilting the quilt I'm making for my friend's graduation last night and tried a new technique (new to me, that is) called free-motion quilting. I used a darning foot on my sewing machine and dropped the feed "dogs" so that I could move the quilt in any direction I chose. It was a little scary because I had only practiced a little bit and never on something this large. But once I got started I had fun with it. I had a couple mishaps where the back of the quilt bunched up and I had to rip out what I had done in a section. Oops. Now I know to be more careful about that. So far, I like this kind of quilting better than quilting "in the ditch" which is when you follow a seam in straight lines. The free-motion quilting allows me to be creative and adds a very personal touch to the quilt. I'm not sure if I'm breaking quilting rules because with a certain kind of stippling stitch the lines aren't supposed to cross. But with this one, I decided to make a loopy pattern and cross the lines a lot and make hearts and stars.
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