Quilt It Challenge – June

June Quilt It Challenge

It is hard to imagine I am half way through this challenge. I realized this week I needed to give more serious thought to what I plan to do for the whole cloth quilt for Oct-Dec.

I am still finding it challenging branching out from my safe and comfortable designs. This month as in past months I started, stopped, ripped out and started again. This time it was because I was falling back on the familiar and not due to poor stitching.

I recently viewed Leah Day’s “Permed Fern” design and couldn’t get it out of my mind, so I decided to give it a try. I really liked the heavy spine (mine has 4 stitching lines) and the traveling back on the ferns. I use Aurifil 50 wt. thread so the lines are not too dense and it handled well with all the layers of traveling.

June Quilt It Challenge

I continued with the ferns on the border playing with different options, going both directions and branching out from the center spine:

June Quilt It Challenge

It’s funny the thoughts that go through your head while doing this.

“I missed that line (while traveling back),”
“This curl is too much like the one before,”
“It has too much of a mirror image look.”

But when it all said and done….The “problems” I saw close-up are not really problems at all. The variation in my traveling back adds dimension. What I saw as “too much alike” really isn’t when you look at the whole. I also realized using a contrasting color thread made the stitching stand out. That could be good or bad, in this case, it is a good thing as it is a practice piece and I get to see very clearly where I need to improve.

June Quilt It ChallengeI did mark the straight lines, though I used my free motion foot vs. a walking foot:

June Quilt It Challenge

June Quilt It Challenge

The back:

June Quilt It ChallengeIt’s amazing how different it looks on the back, I am glad I decided to use muslin so the designs would stand out more.

Free motion quilting is one of my favorite parts of quilting. What about you?

Enjoy the Journey, Jackie

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  • Susan Owenby

    Beautiful! I think stepping away from it from time to time is really important, just like in painting. Sometimes you get so caught up in the details you can’t see how lovely the whole piece is. Congratulations, looks great!

  • Diane Rincon

    The straight lines quilting are effective in juxtaposition to curvy ferns. Amazing on the back too.

    • Jackie

      Thanks Diane. I love how these are looking on the back. I am glad I choose muslin as my backing.

      Jackie Berdych
      Sew Excited
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  • Pamela Soper

    This is beautiful! Really great to look at. Thank you for sharing!!

  • Gwyned

    Sometimes taking a detour when traveling stitching adds a depth to the line and keeps the piece from feeling sterile. I think your permed fern looks full of character.

  • claudia w

    That is so very gorgeous!

  • Lori Thompson

    Jackie, this is turning out so beautiful! I can’t wait to see it when it’s done and really have enjoyed watching your progress on this 🙂

    • Jackie

      Thanks Lori,

      Three new blocks coming up for the next quarter.

      Jackie Berdych
      Sew Excited
      Website/Blog: http://www.sewexcitedquilts.com
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