A couple of week's ago, I mentioned that I was "off" and asked you to guess where.
I was at a free motion quilting class with Kim Bradley. I loved the class but found a whole day very tiring on the brain and body.
We were shown some lovely work but I forgot to take my camera.
Kim is an excellent teacher. I thought we'd be starting with stippling or meandering and heading into pebbles. I was wrong.
We started by working with our walking foot.
In this version we followed pre-drawn lines then quilted an equal distance from those lines.
Some people did this by pre-drawing, mine is done freehand.
And this is my freehand flower done by a technique called McTavishing.
Then we "graduated" to the darning/quilting foot. All I can say is that it's not as easy as it sounds or looks!
To many people's surprise, we worked with our feed dogs up (to give us more control).
Pattern 1: apple blossom.
Pattern 2: leaves (they were suppose to be rounded with points)
Pattern 2a: gum (eucalypt) leaves
Pattern 3: maple leaves
There were other patterns but I think you've seen enough of my squiggles!
My fall back pattern whenever I'm getting frustrated (this was practice at home):
At least I think this one is improving!
More practice needed here!