Thank you for visiting artful embellishments. This is the third year for this blog and I am so happy to keep publishing. I started in 2011 and began with a quilt of the week, this lead to the leaf of the week for my newly designed paper tree that is located on the wall of my garage in 2012.......2013 is going to bring a lot of excitement and positive change. As a personal challenge for 2013, I plan on designing a artist trading card each week to be featured on the blog.
With so many interests, there will be quilting, art quilting, leaves (and more leaves), as well as experiments in thermofax screen printing, fabric dying, and tons of DIY recycle projects. I may even enter that altered fashion scene. To a happy and healthy 2013, may we all find happiness in those things we create....thank you for stoping by artful embellishments.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Practice Makes Perfect

Well as the saying goes.......Practice makes perfect. Free motion quilting can make any quilt really stand out.  It looks very easy, but it does take practice. It is like drawing, but instead of a writing utensil, you use the sewing machine. That adds another set of "situations".  Every master of this craft states that practice is essential. Some do it daily to fine tune what I think is already a perfect technique. At one of my favorite thrift stores in petoskey, I was able to find these upholstery samples that already come with metal rings. These were extremely inexpensive, but perfect for practicing quilt squares with machine quilted stitches. What makes them so much fun is that some of them are solids, and some have patterns. I love the fact that I can practice without using expensive fabric, and I can try out different types of thread....

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