I finally got around to completing this month's Free Motion Quilting Challenge piece. It took awhile for me to decide exactly what I was going to do.
To me the challenge this month seemed to be more about pushing yourself to try something new, rather than quilting a specific quilting design.
So, I decided to try something new to me. I drew my design out on a piece of paper (also a "new to me" design), and then "stitched it" on the sewing machine with a #90 needle and no thread. This created a stencil that I then used quilt pounce on to mark the design on the quilt. I will definitely use this method again to mark a design.
It created a very clear outline that was easy to follow. I used two colours of Aurifil #50 thread.
I added loops for a background filler.
Ann Fahl's tutorial was very good, and she talked about using different threads, so I decided to add some highlights with metallic thread. I tried a #90 Embroidery needle for the metallic thread and slowed the speed of the machine down. It worked very well - usually my machine doesn't like sewing with this thread.
The Free-Motion Quilting Challenge is so much fun, and I look forward to it every month. Thanks so much Sew Cal Gal! Can't wait to see what next month brings.
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