This month our teacher for the Free Motion Quilting Challenge is Angela Walters, a young modern quilter whose lesson was a design she calls "Tiles" in which you divide the quilting space into smaller units and quilt each one before moving on to the next.
I had fun practicing this style until my machine began to act a little like it is in need of some TLC. So although I wanted to do more practicing before coming up with a "final" piece, my machine is packed up and ready to visit the sewing machine spa for a little R&R.
So here are my samples for July. I started by using the back of a plaid fabric that I thought would help me keep my lines straight. Not so much.
And instead of using the same pattern in every "tile" as Angela did, I mixed it up and tried different ones, including some of the motifs taught by previous teachers in this challenge.
I did quilt in the month and a heart in hand. Okay, for a first attempt, not too bad. For this sample I used regular 60 weight thread in the needle and bobbin.
Then I switched to Superior Rainbows thread in the needle with The Bottom Line in the bobbin. I like this look much better. I used a 90/14 quilting needle and did not have any problems, although I did have to decrease the top tension. I didn't follow Angela's tile directions, just divided the space with random lines.
For the last two samples, I did attempt Angela's swirl motif, using the Rainbows thread again.
|The Final Four|
I think that if my machine hadn't gotten tired, I would have done a few more samples and improved on my spacing and the straightness of the tile lines (or maybe not.)
This lesson was fun to do and helped me to learn a little about dividing the quilting space into manageable sized areas.
Thanks, Angela, for sharing your expertise and ideas.