Saturday, March 12, 2005

Free Motion Quilting

My friend Sarah made a really funny comment in a recent email about the challenge of free motion quilting. She said it's even worse than a four letter word, it's an eight letter word: PRACTICE. So true.

I'm pretty pleased with my quilting, but I have only a small selection of designs I always resort to. Until yesterday when I came up with a newish design. I like spirals, but in the past, I have always been frustrated by the inaccuracy of spiraling in and then trying to guide myself back out and keep it looking uniform. So, I thought, what if I spiral in, then go out on an entirely new path crossing over the original lines? Jackpot. I think they look like little rosettes.

So I used my new creation to quilt what will be the sky panel of my self-portrait quilt. It has to accomodate a five inch sleeve. And then I did some beading while watching The Last Avatar with the kids last night. And Ice Age with the kids this morning. (We're snowed in, remember?)

Sky panel in progress Posted by Hello

5 comments:

Kathy said...

I love the stitching and the stars! This will be great to use on my sky - I'll bring it along when we visit. love, mom

Gerrie said...

I thought I came up with that spiral quilting design!! It looks great in the sky. I have been meaning to ask you if you have met Sarah. I have never met her, but I consider her a good friend!

Karoda said...

your fmq is looking goooooddd, reeeallll goooooddd...:)

Sandra said...

Beautiful sky!! I can hardly wait to see the finished project...

Elle said...

This is so pretty! And, I have to admit, I love The Last Avatar. I love well-animated shows.