Thursday, March 20, 2014

McTavishing Week #3




Here is my sample for Week 3 of the McTavishing Quilt Along. This is being sponsored by Amy's Free Motion Quilting Adventures. Please excuse by lopsided circles! This is only a sample. I was hoping to create space around each sphere. I used a plate that wouldn't sit still! My daughter says it's a nice effect. I'm not so sure!!

I loved working on this sample but found it more difficult to work around those circles. You have to plan ahead while you're quilting. There seems to be a lot to think about all at once! I did relax and enjoyed it the more I got into it. I still have one little corner to finish but I stopped when my bobbin thread ran out!

Here's a closer view. I sometimes think my backtracking is awful but it always looks good as a whole piece. I'm so glad Amy gave us this opportunity to learn this wonderful technique. We only have one week left and then the quilt along is over! I'm hoping to use this lovely pattern in some of my upcoming projects. I'm sure this pattern would work on many different quilt designs.

12 comments:

  1. Beautiful quilting effects! Happy Spring!! hugs, Julierose

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    1. Thanks! Hope it acts like Spring instead of winter!!

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  2. Rosemary, This looks wonderful. Great job.

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    1. Thanks, Linda! So much easier than it looks!

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  3. It looks great! Don't forget, when on an actual quilt project, the thread wouldn't be so high contrast and little back track wiggles wouldn't show. Thanks for joining in!

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    1. Thanks, Amy! That's very true. It's so much more fun than I expected!

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  4. I kind of like the casual shape of the circles too. Gives it some motion.
    As Amy said in the above comment, in a non-practice piece you probably wouldn't use such a high contrast between thread and fabric.

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    1. Thank you! It's almost too nice to just have as a practice piece. I should make it into something. Just not sure what!!

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  5. 'Backtracking'/travel stitching is a "must have" skill that I learned when I started with Leah Day (her "Heart and Feather" quilt-along of a couple years ago). It's a "key" maneuver that's used in so many places......feathers, for one. Your stitching is done so well!!!!!! Hugs...........................

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    1. Thank you so much! I still have a lot to learn but I'm really enjoying it. So glad Amy had this quilt along! I would never have tried this alone!

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  6. Your piece looks wonderful...I love how the circles look, it gives it an organic look with the quilting around them...great job!

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    1. Thanks so much! I really love working on this. It turned out to be so fun!

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