I didn’t forget March for the 2012 Free-motion Quilting Challenge. It is a bit tricky to see in the pictures, since I used a patterned fabric and neutral thread. This is great for camoflauging my mistakes, but not so good for honestly evaluating my work, and it’s horrible for trying to take a picture, especially for someone who is photographically challenged like me.
I tried two patterns for the March challenge. Here are swirls:
This was really fun to do. I wasn’t paying attention to size or placement, just trying to get smooth curves without overlapping lines. It’s not bad for a first attempt. I will definitely use this pattern again.
Here are loops and swirls:
This one was okay, but I had a hard time seeing where I had quilted, and where the empty space was. Maybe I will try a darker thread so that it is more visible. Also, when I was practice drawing, I realized that I always draw stars starting with a line to the right, and when I started to the left, I got confused. After drawing hundreds of stars starting with a line to the left, I think I got it, but I still tended to do all the stars in the quilting the same way. I loved doing the loopy lines, and I think I will try doing just them without adding in other shapes.
I should get a lot of FMQ practice done in April, since I have a couple of big projects coming up. Thanks so much to SewCalGal for organizing this challenge, and good luck to everyone learning along with me.