I finally got to my September free-motion quilting challenge. So far, I have gotten every month done on time, but I need to do more practice to really get better. This month’s challenge was by Paula Reid. It involved using a stencil for a motif design. All I can say is that at this point, I would have done a much better job hand quilting it. I just got a new sewing machine (yay!) so this was the first free-motion quilting I tried. I probably should have warmed up with stippling first, but no, I just jumped into the motif.
I guess if I used matching thread, it wouldn’t look too bad. My stitching in the stippling is pretty consistent. I was playing around with having long pieces in the stippling. I would call this “seaweed” stippling, as opposed to “puzzle piece” stippling.
Overall, my tension and stitch length is not too bad, but I definitely need practice on tracing a line. I tried really slowing down to trace it, but then I had trouble getting the smooth curves. I think I will tend to be a free-style machine quilter and stick to hand if I want a detailed motif. I think I’d give myself about a 7/10. I have improved a lot this year, but still need lots of practice.
Thanks to sewcalgal for organizing this challenge and all the wonderful teachers for participating.