My older sewing machine had been in dry dock for about 15 years. I finally decided to go ahead and get it in running order again. When I got it back from the repair shop this week, I couldn't wait to try it out. It isn't as fast as the electronic machine and quite a bit noisier, but it makes a nice stitch without any tension problems. (Yay!) And the "darning" foot worked well for free motion stitching. A fabric painting from a few weeks ago has continued to cry out for some machine quilting. So, why not? This is the result: Painted fabric on the left and same painting with machine quilting on the right.
The quilting seemed to add a lot of depth and interest. I get really caught up in the details as they emerge. These photos are close ups of areas that I especially like.
I painted on fabric again today with a lively result. There isn't any area of this painting that I dislike, but taken all at once it seems a bit much. See what you think!
Next week I will catch up on my Uncommon Quilting Challenge. Also, I will take photos to share of some the little printing tools I have used on these examples.