Friday, September 5, 2014

Practicing my "C"s!!




 
Amy from Amy's Free Motion Quilting Adventures added a tutorial this past Monday. I almost missed but am so glad I found it! One of her first tutorials focused on McTavishing. We needed to make "C"s to travel between designs. It's hard to backtrack and keep the shapes uniform.  This Monday was all about practicing our "C"s! I must admit, I really needed this one badly!
 
 


I tried to sew a couple of curved lines and sew my "C" between them.  It's hard to keep them rounded but so much harder to backtrack over those curved lines. I used white thread on dark brown fabric just for practice. I would never use this on a real quilt! I hate seeing my messy lines! I definitely need more practice but could actually feel myself finding a rhythm and getting better at it. It's so true that practice really helps out with FMQ.


Here's the quilt I'm McTavishing on right now. It's white thread on a white background. So much safer! You can see where I've made my "C"s, especially close to the Dresden Plate. It looks so much neater but don't look too closely! I'm sure I didn't backtrack that great but it doesn't show up.  Sometimes, it's easier to play it safe!

I'm linking up to Amy's blog. Hope you have a look over there. She has some really neat stuff!

16 comments:

  1. Nice work on those "C's"...your background will be so nicely filled...hugs, Julierose

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    1. You're so nice, Julierose! Thanks so much!!

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  2. You are making great progress. And the quilting around the Dresden is beautiful.

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    1. Thanks, Jasmine! Trying to practice as well as get projects done! Wish I had more time!

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  3. Oh I love your McTavishing, wish I could do that, perhaps I should have a try one day.

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    1. Thanks! I learned it through the tutorials at Amy's Free Motion Quilting Adventures. There are a bunch of tutorials on You Tube also. It really helped me out. Let me know if you try it!!

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  4. Wonderful Rosemary!! I think your McTavishing and your C work looks great! I saw this post of Amy's too and would love to take part -hopefully I can fit it in :-)

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    1. Thanks, Raewyn! I have to admit that I rushed through the practice! I'm working tomorrow and wanted everything done! You can do it!

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  5. I can imagine that backtracking over curvy lines must really take practice.
    Your Dresden plate quilt looks very professionally done! Great job!

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    1. Thanks for the nice comment! I really don't like to practice! Haha!!

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  6. brave woman...still not ready to do this, but appreciate seeing you take the steps!

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    1. You can do it! I hate to practice but keep at it anyways!

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  7. I give your "C's" an "A"! Thanks for linking up and joining in! So many designs can be built off of those "C's", so even though what I showed might not be your thing, it's a shape worth working on! I'm working on a lot of "S" shapes and my "C's" lately.

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    1. I think it's a great thing to practice. It can only improve so many other FMQ patterns. Thanks for the tutorial!

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  8. Your "C" s are wonderful. I will practice them too.
    Your Dresdner Plate looks fantastic.
    Greetings Grit

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    1. Thank you so much for the nice words! So happy you visited my blog!

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