Testing the quilting waters

by Nicole

What kind of person are you: one that jumps right in or one that tests the waters with your toes first?

For me, it all depends on my mood. For my City Park quilt, I felt like I needed to test the waters. Since I haven’t touched my long arm machine in some time, I felt the need to do some practice stitching before committing to City Park. I practiced stitching an all over paisley-like design.


After debating on the thread color – I went with a medium gray – I then committed to City Park. Here’s a peek at the first stitches.


Next step: binding!

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Meredithe January 30, 2017 - 5:42 pm

Looking good!!

Nicole January 31, 2017 - 6:15 pm

Thanks, Meredithe!

Diane January 30, 2017 - 7:07 pm

Love it! Great design, I love your work!

Nicole January 31, 2017 - 6:15 pm

Thanks, Diane! It’s one of my go-to designs!

Donna Swain January 30, 2017 - 7:11 pm

Your test stitches look as good as “for real” for being out of practice! Love that muscle memory…

Nicole January 31, 2017 - 6:15 pm

Thanks, Donna! Muscle memory is amazing isn’t it?!?

Rosemary Bolton February 7, 2017 - 1:12 pm

How come I just got this? today?
Well, Nicole, I think your testing is really good. It is also a good to see what thread you want to use before you are quilting your masterpiece. Unsewing is not fun, unless you are watching something on tv haha
Either way, your fmq is beautiful

Nicole March 4, 2017 - 6:45 pm

Hi Rosemary, I don’t know what happened with the delay. Thanks for the kind words about my “testing.” I think I can never have too much practice!

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