The Power of Practice

by Nicole

Last month, I had the privilege of attending Sew South. It was fantastic! It was my first sewing retreat. It was well organized and had a great balance between free sewing time and workshops. And I met so many wonderful people! For more on Sew South, check out the Jennifer’s recap and the Sew South Facebook page.

One of the things we did at Sew South was a jelly roll race to make quilts for Quilt Lemonade.
Between Quilts

I volunteered to quilt one of the quilts. This quilt was made using a jelly roll donated by Free Spirit Fabrics from Tula Pink’s Elizabeth collection.

Sew South Jelly Roll Race3

I quilted the top in an all over swirl pattern. I’ve been wanting to practice my swirls and this seemed like a good opportunity.

Sew South Jelly Roll Race1

I’m happy with how the quilt turned out. I still have to work on my spacing between swirls, but I can see the progress that I’ve made over the years in my quilting. Working on this quilt reminded me that getting better at quilting is all about practicing. There is no magic formula other than putting in the time to stitch.

Sew South Jelly Roll Race_Whole

Seeing the progress I’ve made in my quilting makes me want to get out the tops stored in my closet and get to stitching!

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charlotte May 13, 2015 - 11:07 am

Success breeds success. I get excited when I see improvement in my skills too and it makes me want to sew more.

Jayne May 13, 2015 - 1:18 pm

I have never been on a retreat! One thing I would love to do! It is amazing to look back at our quilting and see just how far we come. For me, it took a while to figure out who I was as a quilter and the fun thing is once you do…there's no stopping! If I could be half as good as you on quilting a quilt…I would be thrilled!

Suzanne May 14, 2015 - 10:09 am

That's a pretty design and a lovely use of your talent. I just got the bug to make more charity quilts and hope I can use them as an opportunity to practice my FMQ too. Timing is tricky, though, as my kids get out of school next Friday. Summer time sewing is a little more challenging but not impossible.

Deb Chimes May 15, 2015 - 9:44 am

Your swirls are beautiful. Makes me more determined to practise FMQ!

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