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July FMQ Challenge

Lately I have done a bit of sewing, but not much blogging.  I almost forgot to post this month’s free-motion quilting challenge, which would have been a shame since I got it done last week.  This month’s expert was Angela Walters.  I enjoyed this technique which is called “tiles”  I began with stippling the tiles, but then my creativity (or ADD) kicked in, and I tried a few more filler stitches.  I need to practice more basic filler stitches, since at the machine I drew a bit of a blank and had to go on-line for ideas.  I don’t know how people  learned anything before the internet.

I have given up on having my practice pieces be anything useful.  I am using a high contrast thread so that I can see my stitches easily and evaluate them honestly.  When my kids go back to school, I will have more time to practice on actual projects and refine my technique.

Kathy Wylie (an award-winning quilter who recently spoke to my guild) has a series on her blog about free-motion quilting, and I am hoping to try her exercises as well.

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5 thoughts on “July FMQ Challenge

  1. I like the flowers. I just had my first experience with free motion quilting and it was an exercise in extreme patience. I’ll have to practice some pretty designs for my next project.

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  2. You did a great job! I love the variety of fillers. I think my favorites are the wavy back and forth lines and the swirls right under it on the bottom, there.

    Sigh. I’m so behind. I haven’t done May, June OR July. Maybe I’ll have a few minutes today . . . Thanks for the inspiration to get back on that. I really do need more practice.

    xo -E

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