Saturday, March 31, 2012

March FMQ: Doodling with Ann Fahl

Ann Fahl is the featured teacher for  this month's Free Motion Quilting Challenge organized by Sew Cal Gal.  I really enjoyed the "assignment!"  Ms. Fahl contributed a very comprehensive lesson with lots of information and advice about threads, needles, blocking and basting.  When I was at the AQS show in Lancaster I treated myself to some colorful threads at the Superior and Aurifil booths, and this month I had fun trying some of them out. 
So here's my final product for March.  I tried some of Ms. Fahl's suggested designs and added some doodles of my own.  The threads I used for this sample were Superior's Rainbows and The Bottom Line in the bobbin.  I was a little skeptical when I saw how fine these threads are, but I am really happy with the results!  I started in the upper right doing loops, moved down the right side adding stars and hearts.  Then in the lower right I tried some spirals and morphed them into daisies on the left, a few flower doodles, two heart-in-hands that look like clown hands, and finally loops again at the top left.

I took this photo with my iPhone using a camera app that I read about in the NY Times on Thursday.  It's called Camera Awesome and it has lots of cool features that help you take better pictures and edit them on the spot!  You can read about it here.
In my next post, I'll tell you about my guild's recent retreat and show you my secret to staying organized when piecing quilt blocks.