Last weekend my guild hosted a free motion quilting workshop. I'd bought a free motion foot back in December and used it exactly...oh, never...so this seemed like a good opportunity to learn. I have a tough time dedicating materials and time to practice pieces (I'm not sure why it feels wasteful, since it's the only way to learn, but it does) but this gave me an excuse. The class also gave me motivation to keep going instead of tinkering for a few moments and then jumping into an actual project. In other words? It was exactly what I needed.
Our fearless leader had us start by doodling sprials, patterns, and shapes on a whiteboard to get a feel for the travel and connecting shapes.
Then we jumped onto a small practice piece.
Once that was filled, we changed thread colors and went over it again.
Can you see the improvement between the two? I can. : )
I was concerned about taking the leap to a large quilt, so once I finished that, I moved to my large (baby quilt sized) practice piece. (My feet give some sense of scale.)
At this point, I started to tucker out, hence some of the much more open space and random jellyfish doodle amoung the hearts. Still, I free motion quilted! And loved it! It was much more intuitive than I thought it might be (I never really had a problem with moving the quilt under the needle, versus the mindset of moving a pen over paper.)
I can't wait to free motion quilt all the things!