I started my free-motion quilting challenge. January’s project was leaves, which is quite difficult for someone who hasn’t done FMQ before. I did a bunch of drawing on paper first to try to get the feel for it, and then jumped in on the machine. Here are my practice pieces, which I am pretty sure won’t be used for anything.
This was my first piece. About halfway through, I gave up on the leaves and just started doing swirls and loops to get the feel for controlling the fabric. I also had a hard time seeing since the thread blended with the fabric. This is great on a project, but not for practice.
On my second try, I used contrasting thread so I could see it better. It doesn’t look too bad if you stand really far back. I have a lot to practice. I think I will have to warm up on some simpler designs like loops and stippling before I come back to something like this. Luckily I have a bunch of quilt tops that need to be finished and aren’t too important to me – great for practicing.