I started practicing my free motion quilting on real quilts. Piecing together all those orphan blocks took up more time than I wanted to give right now. I still like the idea and will use it later.
A member of my quilt group made this top for our charity project.
It isn’t my best quilting, but it isn’t my worst. I have three more of these charity tops to quilt, then four of my own tops. By the time I’m done, I’ll have taught myself free motion quilting and learned a few simple patterns.
It scares me silly to put someone else’s top under that presser foot and start quilting, but I’m doing it anyway. Fear can block the path to a great many things if you let it.
The more I practice free motion, the more relaxed and comfortable I become. Someday I’ll look back and wonder why I didn’t learn it sooner. Then I can move on to the next thing that scares me silly and start all over again.