On Monday my new Q20 Fritz was setup in the part of my studio that also houses my office with my computer, and recently iquilt has been having sales on their video classes and I purchased several. Starting on Tuesday I have been having my own private quilting retreat (and I’m not finished). Actually, I kind of fell into this little quilting retreat by coincidence of the two things happening in close proximity to each other.
Here is Fritz:
The days have flown by as I watched the classes, put together practice quilt sandwiches, and practiced on my new machine. I have spent four or five hours a day practicing quilting on Fritz, and sometimes, I just put the class videos on and let them play through, and sometimes I stopped and went carefully through the classes. I have really enjoyed myself.
The classes are all great, by the way, and I am learning a lot. Sew what classes am I taking?
- Divide, Design & Fill for Beautiful Quilting by Lisa Calle
- Mastering the Mini: Wholecloth Designs by Lisa Calle
- Machine Quilting on the Grid by Gina Perkes
- English Paper Piecing by Machine by Karen Stone
- and reviewing Step by Step Quilted Landscapes by Kathy McNeil, which I already had.
I also have run thr0ugh a couple of The Quilt Show shows while I was practicing quilting and testing various threads and settings on Fritz. It’s kind of been like I was taking a summer school in quilting. I am planning a similar week next week.
I need much more practice on Fritz to produce show quality quilting, but I feel encouraged to see some progress. I think I can, I think I can, I think I can…. I do need to get to quality quilting fairly soon because I have a lot of ongoing quilting plans and book samples to do, and the quilting on these needs to be beautiful and well done. Here are a couple of photos from my first practice:
Sew happy everyone! I know not many of you can take a lot of time for your own retreat, but I highly recommend it if you can manage it. Nevertheless, I hope you can take some time to learn and practice, whichever machines, needles, and techniques you use. This brings many rewards. I’m off to do some more practice!