Yes it is true. I have finished my Reel Deal quilt and really enjoyed it. I used the back basting method for the applique and it was so relaxing. In the spring of last year I basted all the blocks and spent the summer doing the applique on my front deck. So enjoyable.
I spent a lot of time this winter thinking about how to machine quilt. I finally decided on doing echo quilting around the applique blocks and this made them really pop. I wanted to do so sort of feather wreath in the alternating blocks but I just couldn't make them look right. So I did a meandering instead. I then quilted in the outer borders just following the stripes in the fabric. Then I found this talented quilter who showed how she quilts feather wreaths on her long arm. Sadly I don't have a long arm but figured I could do this on my Janome Horizon. It isn't perfect, but I like it. More practice and it will get better. The link to this video is here http://jennysdoodlingneedle.blogspot.ca/2013/01/video-tutorial-for-motif-and-feather.html . She is so nice to put this video out there. It finally clicked for me. Thanks Jenny.
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