I am participating in the 2012 Free Motion Quilting Challenge over at SewCalGal. The talented art quilter, Ann Fahl, has written a tutorial for March.
Ann has suggested keeping a binder/journal of free motion quilting ideas. That is something that I have already been doing and have referenced many times. It is a very good suggestion.
Ann has also suggested learning meandering patterns other than stippling. So I am practicing her stars and loops, spirals and spiral flowers.
I need alot more practice.
Doodling is not only fun, but helps to develop memory and make the motion come naturally when actually quilting on a project.
I warmed up with some feather practice. I learned feathers from Diane Guadynski last month, and I am really enjoying these. I’m gaining confidence.
I’m using a Schmetz 14 Jeans needle and some old Coats and Clark Dual Duty thread that I want to use up. The tension is lowered slightly. The batting is Cotton Classic.
I’ll need a lot more practice with this month’s meandering!
So back to the sewing machine I go!