Saturday, January 7, 2012

Free motion challenge-January

sewcalgal posted the January installment of the 2012 Free Motion Challenge.

This month the teacher is Frances Moore and she posted a wonderful leaf stitch.
She demonstrated it first as by drawing then by stitching.
I drew it out. And all week long I have drawn it as mu doodles at work!

That repetition helps muscle memory so when I sat down to stitch, I was pleasantly surprised! 
I stitched first on a scrap of batik quilt sandwich.

Then again on a muslin sandwich.

I used YLI 40wt. thread in the top and Connecting Threads 50 wt cotton in my bobbin. 
I like this design. It meanders around in any direction and I can see using this all over a quilt very easily! This one is going into my personal stitch library.
This is such a great learning experience! I am so looking forward to each month!

6 comments:

frantastic said...

Those are fabulous leaves and I love the name of your blog.

Pat said...

Great job on your leaves! I need to practice drawing them. I tend to just jump right in.

Laura said...

Great quilting! I bought a sale pack of about 25 spools of Connecting Threads 50 wt cotton--had some trouble with it breaking when Free Motion quilting, so I used a needle for metallic threads and it finally worked ok. I'm probably going to use the rest in the bobbin and go back to Aurifil or Isacord on top!

tizart said...

Fabulous quilting! Well Done!!!!

Tammy said...

Your heart-shaped leaves are excellent and I really enjoyed reading your FMQ tips. Thank you!

Connie said...

Your leaves are beautiful, I think you really have this pattern down!
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