Tuesday, May 22, 2012

May Free Motion Quilting Challenge



 

This month's Free Motion Quilting Challenge was taught to us by Leah Day. Her tutorial was just wonderful! I really enjoy her blog and method of teaching. The top sample was made by sewing a large meander and then sewing a smaller meander over it. Leah called it a foundational design. This stitch is Double Stippling. The sample below is started the same way but railroad tracks are sewn over the foundation. She calls this one Railroad Tracks. Very appropriate!

I realize I don't quilt as large as Leah. She filled the entire area with stitching. She did mention that everyone's sample would be different. Also, what works for some quilters doesn't necessarily work for everyone. I felt uncomfortable making huge stipples. Maybe I should practice getting over that! I enjoyed her lesson and felt I learned a lot. 

If anyone is interested, go to SewCalGal and check out the great tutorials we've had so far. It's a really nice way of learning and practicing free motion quilting.



17 comments:

  1. I never saw a double meander pattern like that before. Very cool.

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  2. I am going to try this one right away! Thank you for showing it to me!

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    1. Try it, Linda! It's fun and easy and looks pretty good!!

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  3. I have tried this technique and also just drawing the first line and then quilting over it like that. It looks pretty good.

    I don't quilt as heavily as most people, either. I like what you did. Any heavier can get distracting.

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    1. Thanks, Mary. I'm sure everyone quilts differently. I just couldn't make myself stretch out into the whole space! I think it still looks fine.

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  4. That is sooo neat, rosemary; I really like it a lot....Julierose

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    1. Thanks! It wasn't too hard and it looks pretty nice!

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  5. Love to see your progress in FMQ, you're getting really good at it, Rosemary... =)

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    1. Thanks! That's so nice of you to say!

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  6. Great job Rosemary! And your right, everyone's will look different in any design in my opinion. Kinda like a signature. That's a good thing.That's why I love FMQ!!! That's also why I have no desire to own things such as a embroidery machine that does it for you. I want the credit, not the machine!!! I didn't feel comfortable making the big line either...I drew it out first :)

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    1. Glad we feel the same! It's wonderful machines can do so much but I want to do it myself!!

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  7. Great quilting Rosemary. Your work looks so neat and perfect and this is how I imagine you to be in yourself. Well done with these designs.

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    1. Thank you! So sweet of you to say!

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  8. Isn't it fun! I love free motion quilting. It's new to me and maybe the newness will wear off, but for now I love it! Your stitches are so neat! I've got to work on that.

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    1. Thanks, April! I'm comfortable with stippling but some of my other stitches need lots of work!!

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  9. Loving this Rosemary, can't wait to try it out :)

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