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.
I continued with the ferns on the border playing with different options, going both directions and branching out from the center spine:
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.
Free motion quilting is one of my favorite parts of quilting. What about you?
Enjoy the Journey, Jackie