May Free Motion Quilting Challenge
I have been MIA (missing in action) lately. I have so much to share that I feel like I am fairly bursting. I just can’t get in front of the computer for long enough to do it. Thankfully the end of the month is coming and therefore a deadline. I love deadlines, I get so productive.
All the girls!
The first weekend in May my DD #2 graduated from Asbury University. I hope to post more about that wonderful trip soon. I was able to not only see my daughter graduate with high honors, but also get to see my DD #1 and Dearest grandbaby, Emma.
We flew down and while I was stuck on the runway I took out a piece of paper and found the time quickly pass as I doodled free motion quilting designs. What fun!
I couldn’t wait to get home and try out Leah Day’s tutorial with actual needle, thread, and sewing machine.
When summer passes and the leisurely days of winter come upon me again I will definitely be spending some time at Leah’s website. I may find that I am soon parting with some precious greenbacks at her site very soon. I would have already parted with them, but summer allows me very little time to quilt.
Leah’s tutorial is a foundational design: (I am unfamiliar with this term, but I think it has to do with the fact that you stitch one line throughout the area and then go back and stitch more on that line.)
Leah’s very talented and her tutorial is full of helpful information for beginners and I’m sure more experienced quilters would glean many helpful hints also.
I loved the designs this month.
The first was very curvy and fun. It is called Double Stippling.
The second design was a little harder for me. It looks like railroad tracks, and in fact (after going to look it up) it is called Railroad Tracks. Perhaps if my DD has a little boy, I will put this design to good use on a little boy quilt. You can see that I got bored with it and did some more random practicing.
I used variegated thread in these samples. I have hording it for when I work on “real” quilts, but I have found that I sometimes have trouble seeing what I am doing. The variegated thread makes it so easy to see. It is so exciting to see the next color coming down the needle and for the design to evolve. It adds so much to the design by using the variegated threads. I wanted to see what feathers would look like in many colors, then flowers, then leaves…..
I got a little carried away.
I am definitely bitten by the free motion quilting bug. (You would laugh if you knew me any better.)
I have always been such a traditionalist. Hand Quilting, Embroidery, Crazy Quilting.
I sense a change in the winds…….