Monday, June 25, 2012

June FMQ challenge

This month's challenge was by Cindy Needham. I love the way she writes. I also love her method of "divide and conquer". This lesson and challenge really seemed to build on the others.
Here is my sample for this month:


I did not like my quilting while I was stitching. I felt my "lines" were uneven, jerky. But once I finished and stood back, wow! I love that it looks more like a drawing. I do not believe that is the intention, but I like it! Cindy mentioned finding inspiration in Zentangles, and I really think this looks like a zentangle!
I also liked reading about Cindy's "Favorite Things" and her tips on beginning and ending quilting lines. She provided a lot of great information.

We are at the half-way point in this challenge so I laid all my samples out together:


I have really enjoyed this and look forward to each month's challenge. I have learned to practice more, and it is okay to mark! I have been using my chalk pencil for dark fabrics and my water-soluble marker for light fabrics.

I have also been marking out more traditional designs and practicing on those:

sewcalgal gets my gratitude for putting this together. I feel like I am getting a personal, one-on-one lesson from a major quilt superstar each month. I have met so many awesome quilt bloggers as well. It is not too late to leap in. If you want to improve your FMQ skills, check out sewcalgal's blog for more info.


Sandra Kaye said...

Love the top square. They look like zentangles...which you do with pen and paper. Love it!!!

Quilting Babcia said...

Your challenge piece turned out great! You're right, they always look so much better when we aren't looking at them from 12 inches away!
Your sample pieces will make a wonderful sampler quilt.

Carrie P. said...

Oh, you make me jealous. I know practice, practice, practice! lol

Cherie said...

Wow that is some amazing quilting! It really does look like a doodle sketch! =D

Laura McGrath said...

I've been working on mine since Sunday, before work and after, still have lots to finish. I think I should have done a smaller one so I could be done by now! Don't be critical of the little things YOU see and no one else does, it turned out beautiful!

Jenny @ Spry On The Wall said...

So pretty!