This week I decided to practice a lot. I started a few months ago to practice with Leah's Day free motion quilting project and Leah's Guilt Along. I learned a lot and quilted my first quilts. I am now addicted to free motion quilting, I want to make beautiful quilted whole clothes and trapunto quilts, but need a lot of free motion practice before I start. I quilt Leah's new patterns for practice, but I do not want to quilt along with Express Your Love or other quilts. So I was glad I found the SewCalGal 2013 free motion challenge. I started with the five challenges and finished them. But on the SewCalGal website is more to learn: there are more challenges: the challenges of SewCalGal 2012 free motion challenge.
All challenges have a tutorial of an expert quilters and all the experts invite you to try new patterns and techniques. There is even a tutorial form Leah! The assignments are so fun to do. So I decided this week to free motion quilt a lot and do as many as tutorials as possible.
I bought a lot of dark and light purple cotton. (6 yard,width 97 inch) Cotton with a shine! I sandwiched a 28 inch square sandwich for a tiles design (Tutorial Angela Waters). In every tile another assignment. Just like Leah, I like to wake up early, so I can quilt before my husband awake. So I practice every day. I finished the tile sampler Thursday afternoon, just before dinner.
I used a too thick polyester batting for the 'trapunto effect' but the quilt was stiff and sometimes difficult to handle. Had to find another batting.
I will cut the quilt in pieces for postcards and place mats.
I love micro quilting. Stitching so slow that you can almost count the stitches, so I like the July and October challenges:
|October challenge, tutorial Teri Lucas (8 inch square)|
|July challenge: Cindy Needham (8x11 inch) It is a bit Zentangle quilting!|
A fun challenge is the August Bonus tutorial by Susan Brubaker Knapp: take a picture and quilt the Pattern. I used this picture
And this is a first try in the last tile of the quilt.
Next time I will use more colors!
I will use more pictures to quilt postcards and mini quilts. So fun!
The April tutorial of Don Linn: transferring a pattern with tulle. I used this method for the September challenge of Paula Reid.
The transfer of the pattern with the tulle, was not a success. The chalk lines disappear, so I need to finished with drawing three corners without pattern. I used too thick polyester batting, so it was not possible to lay the tulle on the sandwich beck again. The lines did not fit anymore.
I was out of tulle, so I used this fabric which I found in my stash.
Some challenges were just new patterns:
|November challenge: Sarah Vedeler: Swirls|
Januari challenge: Frances Moore
|Januari challenge: Frances Moore|
May Challenge: Leah Day:
August challenge: tutorial Wendy Sheppard. Nice tutorial with a easy to quilt and beautiful filler:jester hat.
The March Challenge of Anne Vahl: more fillers:
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