To me, Elin Waterston's art quilts are instantly recognizable. They almost always feature clean designs with Elin's own brand of creative machine quilting that echoes the quilt's motifs.
|The creative free-motion stitching on 'Strange Birds, Winter'
by Elin Waterston evokes a wintry day with the wind blowing.
Her unique approach is partly influenced by the fact that Elin came to the quilting world from costume design.
"Since I'm a self-taught quilter, some of the techniques I use aren't necessarily typical in the quilting world," she says.
Elin is also a dancer, and that helps her get into her own groove as she decides how to machine quilt her fiber art pieces, often improvising a quilting motif.
But while Elin's approach to free-motion quilting is unconventional, there are certain basic steps she follows for success. Here are three of her top tips
- Your machine is obviously your most important tool when machine quilting. I always make sure my machine is clean and set-up correctly, with the appropriate presser foot, needle, and thread, before I start quilting.
- When first starting out with free-motion quilting, practice on test quilts instead of projects, so you allow yourself the time to get comfortable without the pressure of what the finished product is going to be.
- And . . . don't take it too seriously! It doesn't need to be perfect. I always say I like the little imperfections because then I see the hand of the artist.
You can get more details about her method od machine quilting from Elin via her hour-long video Creative Machine Quilting, as well as advice from other acclaimed quilt artist/teachers like Carol Taylor, Susan Brubaker Knapp, Pokey Bolton, and many more with a subscription to Craft Daily.
P.S. How much does the theme of your quilt influence the motifs of your machine quilting? Leave your comment below.