Winter weather and workers interfere with backyard activities...and what's a gardener to do? The obvious answer is to attend to an indoor hobby.....and happily, quilting fits the bill. I am working to improve my machine-quilting skills on my home sewing machine. It's essential to warm up before working on my current quilt, so I layer a small 'quilt sandwich'--backing, batting, and marked top--and spend a few minutes following lines or adding fill--which is the term for quilting that fills (and flattens) empty space, giving the quilt added texture and visual interest.
A quilting blog named SewCalGal is featuring a machine-quilting tutorial every month of 2012. The January instructional video showed a leaf motif. I changed the design a little and worked on a small scale, filling a curved space.
This fill design is called 'Dianeshiko,' for Diane Gaudynski-- one of the gifted individuals who has raised machine quilting to (literally) an art.
After a week or so of warm-up exercises, one has a small sampler like this! The inevitable imperfections are less noticeable in the overall view. To enlarge, click Ctrl + (Control plus).
Diane Gaudynski tells us that our quilting gets better every day. Hope so!