I am a happy girl these days! I have been trying to figure out (or work up the nerve to try) machine quilting. I have a sewing/embroidery machine that will also do free motion quilting. But, since I'm the free motion in the quilting, I was a little bit nervous to try--I didn't really want to mess up any of my projects with my practicing.
I've been doing some reading and watching videos on the internet and as it turns out, it's not that complicated, only slightly intimidating. But I gave it a whirl this week and am happy to report that I really like it! I think I could really become addicted to this type of quilting. Besides, I love not paying someone to quilt my projects for me. (Just for the record, I've never actually had anything quilted simply because I'm too cheap to pay for it.)
Here is my practice piece:
You can see that my technique needs some work, but I am happy with the look from far away! Now, all I need is about 100 more hours of practice and I'll have nice even designs. But, I'm a firm believer that you have to start somewhere...