What happened to February?
I can’t believe that it is March and I need to start thinking about my next quilting challenge pattern.
I started this months blocks by quilting the center with a technique that gives the impression of overlapping circle, though you are not making a full circle to fill in the space.
I started by marking a grid with a Frixon pen that disappears when you iron it.
.I then quilted an arc from intersection to intersection across the grid. Once you remove the grids lines, you get the look of overlapping circles.
I started quilting different designs in the next section of green:
I just made loops, filling them with 2 different elements. I like the loops within the loop the best.
I quilted a different pattern option in each cream triangle section, though it wasn’t intentional. It became a “design” element when I made a mistake.
In the first section, I alternated the circle lines from one triangle section to the other, leaving a space empty.
When I was quilting the second section, I inadvertently started circles in the wrong area. I used that an opportunity to give “shadowing” a try by micro-stippling. This is a technique that Cindy Needham taught in her “Design It! Quilt It!” class over at Craftsy.
I think the space I was working in was too small and I wasn’t so sure I liked the impact as well. Since I wasn’t crazy about it, instead of adding the same effect to the previous section, I used it as an opportunity to try something different in the third section.
Instead of alternating my rows of circles, I made one long row across the band. And I used straight lines instead of micro-stippling. It was a great way to practice straight lines with out marking and it really helped the lines of circles stand out.
For the fourth section, I chose to run the circles around the edges of the triangles:
I like the 3rd and 4th option the best.
To finish off the border, I wanted to try free hand larger circles:
Here is the size of the circles in the middle to compare:
I love the texture that is created.
Now to start thinking about how I plan to quilt the block for March.
What skills did you build in February?
Enjoy the Journey, Jackie