June's teacher is Cindy Needham, and her tutorial is filled with thought-provoking and helpful information. I have read and reread this one. Below is my sample from her lesson; I will continue working on this, adding texture and experimenting with her techniques. My goal is to improve my machine quilting and increase the amount of freehand quilting (versus following marked lines.) The less marking I have to do on a quilt top, the happier I will be!
|Practicing circles, repetitive lines, and feathers|
|Detail of the sample|
Stitching these patterns requires concentration and at the same time one must relax. Not easy to do!
|Back of the work|
I used Aurifil Mako 50-wt thread and a size 80 Sharp needle; for part of the design I used different colors of Aurifil in bobbin and top--and the machine did not like it. I had to reduce the top tension quite a bit. This sample is far from perfect, but I am pleased with my progress. Other than some margin lines and an open grid, I did not mark anything.
It's as important to build confidence as it is to build skill, I find.