Another post from the 2012 FMQ Challenge hosted by SewCalGal. Can you tell I’m trying to clean my slate for the new year? 😀
Teri Lucas presented a tutorial based on using software like Kaleidoscope to deconstruct images into kaleidoscopes and using the images in quilting. Kaleidoscope looks reasonable and fun to use, but it is a Windows program and I’m on a Mac. But Teri provided a pdf of the following block for us to practice quilting. I do love this block. The colors are some of my favorites.
I used Dritz Inkjet Printable Fabric in a Canon printer to create the fabric. The quilting was done on a Bernina 820 with YLI Silk thread in a pinkish taupe. I started with a tension close to one. Then I dropped the tension again. I was still seeing threads pulling on curves and dropped the tension to .5 which seemed to work. The thread broke on me once during the quilting, which is better luck with silk than I have had in the past. I believe I lowered tension to .5 after the thread broke.
My echoing and stippling need work and this was a good piece to practice on. This is a great piece to use for practicing feathers. I’ve got to do a few more like this.
I’m trying to decide what to make out of this piece and may use it on a bag.
Thanks to Teri Lucas for sharing her expertise and her time with us during this challenge. This was a really fun and useful exercise. As always, kudos to SewCalGal for putting this together.
Anyone wanting to broaden their free motion quilting experience should really take a look at the tutorials still on line while they’re still there. Incredible value.