Even though I have finished working thru the “MOVE IT!” class series, I am still trying to improve my free-motion quilting and learn new designs.
I have gotten REALLY behind on the Angela Walters “Flora & Foliage” Quilt-A-Long, but finally had a few hours to do some catch-up work!!
The next design that we tackled was a pebble design. I have quilted pebbles for a long time but have never really thought about the size of them. I first quilted the center of the flower pre-print and was happy with my work (even though a few of them are more oblong rather than round)…..
In the next step, she wanted us to try making them different sizes…..WHAT!!!!
I thought that it would be hard to do, but found it to be really freeing……
….and I do like the way that the larger ones pop off of the quilt.
Finally, it was time to tackle one more of her flower meander designs!! This one scared me the most but I found it to be pretty easy to do……
….and I love the way that the big flowers add so much dimension to the area. The only thing that I would change would be to space them a bit better!!
I am really excited that I have been able to work thru these new designs and I feel that working on MOVE IT! has give me some experience and confidence that I didn’t have before!!!
I can’t wait to move to the next design.
I would also encourage you to check out the challenge page of Angela’s website. She gives SO much information and SO much encouragement!!!
….and had talked about some of the “new to me” quilting designs that I had used.
Today, I want to share about this one…..
I obviously am feeling a lot more comfortable with the new designs that I have learned during “MOVE IT!!…a free-motion boot camp”, because I was able to simply move from one design to the other and even felt comfortable trying a few designs that I had never done before!!
In this video, I talk about some of the designs that I have learned in the past 10 weeks……
AND…..if any of these designs look interesting to you, remember that I turned my personal Boot Camp into “MOVE IT”…..a free motion quilting course. To join me for 8 weeks of new designs, sign up HERE
Remember that it is free and you can start at any time and work at your own speed!!!
MOVE IT…..a Free-Motion Boot Camp has been up and running for 2 weeks and people are telling me that they are enjoying the practice and are getting more comfortable with new FMQ designs.
I am working hard to stay a few weeks ahead and am really enjoying learning new designs myself. This is where I am at this point….
I am sure happy with how this looks, even using the contrasting thread which means you can see each and every mistake!!!
But just look at the back where I used matching threads and fabrics…..
MOVE IT!! is an 8-week Boot Camp that you can start at any time. Each week I present two or more new designs to try with the idea that we add each design to our “toolbox”. This way, when a pattern says “Quilt as Desired”, we have LOTS of ideas!!!
If you are interested in joining, you can sign up HERE!!!
The next step in Angela Walter’s Flora and Foliage Quilt-A-Long is the flower meander. In her introduction video, she promised that this was an easy design and she was exactly right!!!
We started with a basic “chrysanthemum” type of flower…..
I kept finding that I was bobbing my head with each one of the “bounces”. I am sure that it looked funny, but since the quilting was working well, I didn’t really care how it looked!!!
Then she suggested echoing the “petals” and I love the look that it gives…..
This photo reminds me of a 17th century wig.
The next meander used simple wavy lines to quilt the flowers. It was an even faster and easier way to create this design!!! Check out this video (from my guild retreat room) to see just how easy it was…..
I made up my own design for a portion of the flower….using wavy lines to echo around the flower center……
This photo gives you a good look at all of the flower meander designs that I tried…..
If you like the wavy flowers and lines, you might be interested in “MOVE IT!…a Free-Motion Quilting Bootcamp”. Those two designs are covered in the second week!!! Remember it is FREE!!