If I've been told once, I've been told a thousand times...practice, practice, practice....and then practice some more and you'll improve you Free Motion Quilting skills. That's just what I did yesterday...I spent 4 hours with some friends and we all had a chance to practice and learn from Patsy Thompson.
Having Patsy work with each one of us at our own pace and level was wonderful. I'm more of a beginner and my only goal is to be more comfortable and do what ever it is that I can do, without wanting my work to look a certain way. I don't aspire to become an incredible quilter....I aspire to love the process of making my quilts and have some tools under my belt to be able to do some of my own quilting. I wanted to practice some Free Motion Embroidery, Trapunto and play with a variety of weight threads....and I certainly had my chance.
Before I show you my "progress," I thought you'd like to see some of Patsy's work.Appli-K-Kutz die to cut the same feather for each quilt. It is the weight and choice of threads that Patsy used in the second quilt that makes it look so very different from the first.
You may have already seen this table runner on Patsy's blog. In real life...it is so much more than what it looks like in photos.
Look at the Machine Embroidery....I just love it added to her designs....it really grabs me.
Here are a few more samples her free motion quilting.
Floriani (PF 516-the gold tone thread above) thread just inside the lime green and it would make the leaves really pop. She was absolutely right!!! (No surprise there...but it is incredible to see before your very eyes).
I'm not finished with my flower yet. Patsy suggested I use Invisifil Thread to go around my flower after I had done the thread embroidery and then do some quilting. When Patsy says that many quilters under utilize their thread...that is so true of me. I'm going to continue my Free Motion Quilting practice and use lots of the variety's of threads I own.
The stitching in red in the upper right corner....that's my very first time ever doing any Free Motion Quilting....so as you can see....I've come a long way!!!
Patsy suggested using fabric grade Silicone Spray on the bed of my machine and it really did help quite a bit. I think I was getting tense because my fabric was not sliding as well as it could have in the beginning....just more Practice, Practice, Practice :)
SewCalGal's Free Motion Quilting Challenge is going on so I'm going to have to take more pictures of my practice and submit them.