Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Free Motion Challenge - January's Tutorial

Two blog entries in one day?!? 
I forgot to write about my Free Motion Quilting Challenge block. I do believe that practice is the key to improving quilting skills, and this challenge seemed like a great motivator to try new designs and pick up tips from some amazing machine quilters. 
The January teacher is Francis Moore, and she demonstrated  a design called "heart shaped leaf".
Pop over to her blog and read her Guidelines for quilting...love it!
I practiced on paper first as I always do, and enjoyed the "feel" of the design. I learned that it was tricky to change the direction of the leaf, but necessary to improve the look. And I learned I would have to force myself to remember the inside vein.
Then I started on my quilt sandwich using some hand painted fabric that I have set aside for this challenge project. 
It was really fun! Here is my finished sample. I just realized there is one errant loop in there...that's weird! There are some spaz-outs where the shape get a little wonky, but overall... I love it! I would totally use this design for a large quilt.
Go and check out the links to over 300 bloggers taking part in the challenge - click here.

11 comments:

  1. Yours looks really good, Kathy. I love it on that fabric. Very smooth curves and leaf shapes. I was way too jerky! More practice, I know!

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  2. Very successful on beautiful fabric. For me too, it was difficult to change direction of the leaves...

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  3. GREAT job on the quilting practice! Sometimes a loop is handy to travel so looks like your subconscious played a part there :)

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  4. Wow! you did a really wonderful job with your practice piece, I love it!!! This is something I really should start doing, getting a bit more daring and graduate from stippling LOL!!!!!

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  5. Your sample piece looks wonderful. Congrats on mastering that design.

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  6. I love your practice piece. You did a great job. Frances is an amazing teacher.

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  7. Well Done looks fab! The secret to FMQ is practice practice practice ! :o)

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  8. Looks great!I will definitely have to check it all out.

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  9. The heart leaves are fun, put on good music, have a nice glass of something wet nearby and stitch away~~~

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