Friday, April 29, 2011

FMQ Challenge Day 1

True to form I am starting my Free Motion Challenge on the last possible day! All week I was planning on which quilt I was going to free motion quilt on. At the last minute I opted to start with some muslin and scrap batting (totally chickened out). I've quilted a few of my quilts with good old meandering, or wavy lines, but never with actual designs. I find the thought of starting on a real project a bit daunting (which is why I have a stack of free motion doodling samples, but not many finished quilts). Perhaps after a few days of practicing I will give it a go. For now I would like to practice my feathers. I'm not unhappy with them from far away, but up close I need to get my stitch length more even and the feathers a bit smoother and longer (they whole feather seams kind of narrow). I also need practice following marked lines. Every time I've tried to quilt a motif on something by following the lines it looks like I've been drinking more than just coffee!
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6 comments:

Tamara Kwiatkowski said...

I think this looks beautiful! You have done a wonderful job...quit being such a perfectionist. I would love a quilt like that! Gorgeous!!!

happydaysquilting said...

Your quilting looks lovely, give yourself permission to play that's what I do, practice for a bit and then go for it on a real project, you will soon add to your skill level and start enjoying the results!

canuckquilter said...

I think you're being a little hard on yourself. This looks wonderful! I think you're ready to move on to quilting on a quilt top...

SewCalGal said...

Beautiful job. Lovely FMQ.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

supermom said...

I think you've done a beautiful job of the feather.

But I know what you mean about chickening out... I bought the darning foot for my machine but still haven't gotten brave enough to try free motion quilting. So you're braver than I am.

Myra said...

Oh my gosh!! You are another quilting artist!! Awesome work here... 8-)