I took with me notes from SewCalGal's 2012 Free Motion Quilting Challenge. I read and reviewed them preparing to quilt a Sampler Quilt made up of the blocks from Craftsy 2012 Block of the Month.
Originally I was leaning toward an overall design using a pantograph type stencil. I happened across Leah Day's website who was suggesting how to quilt a sampler quilt. Leah took each block and penciled in quilting designs over each block. The quilt was transformed from a beautiful quilt to a show piece quilt. I honestly don't believe my quilt will be changed to that degree but it will enhance it and allow me to practice free motion quilting, designing and planning. The quilt I will be quilting is made up of blocks from Craftsy Block of the Month 2012. I took each block picture and designed a quilting motif over each one.
The top block is the Asterisk block. Isn't it amazing how you can change the design of a pieced block with a quilting design?
The second block is a variation of the Drunkard's Path, Cleopatra's Puzzle Block. Notice the feathers, gridwork and spacing.
The third block is an Octagon Block, a very simple block on its own. I love how the feathers makes the design look like a wreath.
Other takeaways from reviewing notes were suggested products that I wanted to google and order that will make free motion quilting easier!
- Clover Soft Touch Thread Pic for hiding or removing stray threads as it easily slips through fabric, leaving no marks or punctures. Check out other great uses for it here.
- Ecolux LED Light - A strip perfect to attached to the underside of the arm. It has no wires and does not take up workspace on the quilting table. It lights exactly where you need the light without causing shadows. There are various sizes. Want to know more about them go here.
- Alvin Brass Bullet Sharpener - This is a sturdy pencil sharpener. Great for those white or other marking pencils. It is inexpensive. Check it out here.
In preparation to wait I also took along a book that has been on my shelf for several years. Reading it again I realized how this book needs to be read
- Getting Your Space Ready
- Preparing your Work Space
- Sewing Machines and Accessories
- Threads and Needles
- Preparing the Top for Quilting
- Planning Ahead
- Choosing Designs to Quilt
- Stencils, Marking Techniques, and Markers
- Layering and Pin-Basting
- Packaging and Preparing to Quilt
- Quilting Techniques
- Straight-Line Quilting: Ditch Quilting
- Straight-Line Quilting: Lines and Grids
- Free-Motion Quilting: Basics
- Free-Motion Quilting: Beyond Basics
- Padded Quilting
- Master-Level Quilts
- Quilting Designs
After waiting and making a trip to pick up one of my client's mail I stopped off at my local quilt shop to purchase marking pencils. What fun that ended up being. One of the founding members of the Charlotte Quilt Guild was there. She was so entertaining and such an inspiration. She must have been in her 80s but believe me she was young! We were in stitches listening to her stories. I love quilters!
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I'd say you made excellent use of the time you spent waiting on your car! I wouldn't rip out those feathers. From what I could tell, it looks fine! I need to finish my 2012 Craftsy blocks.ReplyDelete
Your quilt is going to be so lovely! As always, I can't wait to see it progress!ReplyDelete
Some great suggestions and helpful tools! Thanks for sharing.
I certainly admire your free motion skills, Joanie! I definitely need to practice more.... Lack confidence mostly! Just became your newest follower on Bloglovin!ReplyDelete
beautiful quilting and wonderful designs, ohhhh just leave the feather as it is, I think it looks great. Part of the appeal of fmq is that everything is Free Motion and not generated like a computer. It's hand made and looks divine!!!ReplyDelete
Dropped by from Freemotion by the River - I have the Heirloom Machine Quilting book too, I love it :)ReplyDelete
The quilting looks wonderful!!ReplyDelete