Saturday, June 7, 2014

Grid-Based Design




Amy from Amy's Free Motion Quilting Adventures is featuring grid based designs for free motion quilting this month. I've done very little in this area. I really needed to try something out. She had many examples on her blog but I decided to try this one. I've done a lot of this back and forth looping but never in a grid format.

 
I decided to just draw a small grid for practice. I used 2 inch squares as the basis of the grid. There are many products out there that you can use. I actually own one!


I bought this when I took classes at MQX back in April. I took a class with Gina Perkes. She showed us many different way to use grids. I ran to the vendors and bought this one. However, it's one inch squares which I thought may be too small for my practice piece. This stencil is easy to use with Pounce chalk so I could have used the chalk and erased lines to make it 2 inches square. I decided making the grid myself was just as easy! Sometimes you just have to do things the old fashioned way!



Here's my grid all filled in! I had a little trouble maneuvering around at first but it did get easier. I would like to try it with the smaller squares. It's a nice way to fill up background space.

I'll be linking up over at Amy's blog. Go have a look see! Also, Craftsy is having a huge sale! There's a class I've been looking at that's less than half price! Great deal! Enjoy your weekend!

10 comments:

  1. Nice...yes, sometimes it's good to just try out things. That's exactly what I did. Need t link up.
    That stencil looks interesting...should really invest, but what is the best size to get?

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    1. I'm not really sure. This was the only one I could find. It wasn't too expensive. Maybe $10? I suppose you could buy a few of them. The nice thing about 1 inch squares is you can make lots of sizes. Just take some lines out and custom it to whatever you want.

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  2. I tried this one awhile ago & didn't like mine. But you did a good job on your first attempt. Makes me want to try this one again.

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    1. I did get stuck a few times and my loops were a bit off but overall it wasn't too bad. Still needs practice. Hope you try it again! Bet it will be better the second time around.

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    1. The pattern wasn't too bad. I'd like to try it again. It would make for an interesting background.

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  4. Good on you Rosemary, it's looking great, and thank you for the prompt about this month's fmqing adventure! Trying to squeeze everything in is an issue!! I don't have a grid either but think one would probably be a good investment!

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    1. The grids aren't too expensive but they're easy enough to make. I almost forgot about this month's fmq! I was lucky I remembered and actually got it done!

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  5. Hey! Guess who linked up when I wasn't paying attention?! Glad you did!

    Nice work on that design. Thanks for linking up.

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    1. Thanks, Amy! Having a fun time with you FMQ this month!

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