Monday, September 13, 2010

Coming Through in Waves

I practiced "wiggles" today as part of the free motion quilt along at A Few Scraps.

First I practiced drawing them on paper.  I preferred to think of them as waves versus wiggles.  

Then I thought of Pink Floyd and the lyrics to Comfortably Numb:  You are only coming through in waves...  

Wouldn't that be a great song to free motion quilt to?  Alas, I only have the Scissor Sisters version on CD, and that doesn't have quite the same vibe.


Welcome to my rear view.  Sometimes I have the TV on when I'm sewing, but it's behind me.  Thus the mirror.

Quilting gloves?  Check.  Bifocals?  Check.  Beer?  You better believe it.

I liked quilting waves.  Then I went back and did them again, so one part looks like a DNA strand.

Oopsie in the middle there.  I let go of the quilt sandwich before my machine had come to a complete stop.

What has been most helpful is to hold my hands in a U-shape as I'm quilting.  The only thing about that is I have to stop when I quilt to the bottom of the U formed by my thumbs, reposition, and restart.  But once I got the hang of stopping and starting, it went okay.  I definitely felt more in control that way.

I really like the ribbon effect when you do sort of a shadow stitch along the first line of stitching.  The one above is my favorite.

This was fun.  Can't wait to do more!

Peace out.

Live long and prosper.


Kit Lang said...

I love the mirror for the tv. Brilliant!

Live long and prosper. :)

Sarah Craig said...

You are such a hoot!! And I have the same mirror concept in my small sewing room - it works great!! So in answer to Live Long and Prosper, I respond in correct Vulcan style, Peace and Long Life!!

JKP said...

Your FMQ is coming along nicely; however, if you start becoming comfortably numb, you might not get very far. :)

There is no pain you are receding
A distant ship smoke on the horizon
You are only coming through in waves
Your lips move but I can't hear what you're saying
When I was a child
I caught a fleeting glimpse
Out of the corner of my eye
I turned to look but it was gone
I cannot put my finger on it now
The child is grown
The dream is gone
And I have become comfortably numb

Jabacue said...

So glad I found your blog via Pyrex Collective!
Love 'Comfortably Numb'......feel like that a lot! Thanks for intro to them.....where have I been.
Your quilting looks like lots of fun.

Quilting in My Pyjamas said...

Gosh that looks great ! I really must pull my finger out and give it a shot.

LOVE the idea of the mirror for the TV!

Michelle said...

Your FMQ is coming along really well. I haven't tried ribbons before, but now you've got me intrigued. Really like the DNA helix too.

Learning to come to a complete stop before moving my hands was one of the hardest things for me to learn--and I still forget sometimes. Ribbit. ;-)

HA! I'd never thought of putting a mirror behind me do I could see the TV.

Had a good giggle about the beer too.

Carla said...

It's looks great P.! I really like the ribbon quilting.

Di2Quilt said...

I love reading your post on wiggles:) The mirror for the TV is such a great idea. I only have the birds in the garden keeping me company when I sew!

Madge said...

so funny! i love it.

Joe said...

Stanette and I are going to see Roger Waters perform the Wall in its entirety in Los Angeles, In November.

20th row.


Kathy Swaagman said...

Just keep drinking the beer and the waves will come a whole lot easier!

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

A little beer consumption is conducive to brilliant stitching! I know it to be true and you've proven it:)

Not everyone can make Spock fingers, you know. It's very specialized.

Elizabeth said...

I've been itching to get to this. As you know, I've been without a machine for far too long now -- I haven't sewn in 15 days and it is killing me. My machine is finally back and top of my list is the FMQAlong. I love your double ribbons. That looks awesome! I also loved your rear-view mirror. That is super funny. You are just awesome.

xo -E


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