This month's instructor, Patty Thompson, talked about freehand borders that look complex and full of movement. As I stitched the suggested designs, I realized I was fairly relaxed. I was even having fun! I was even able to forgive myself for the imperfections (especially notable with the wavy feather border, where I could not seem to get my head around the design.) The whole is certainly greater than the parts--because I find the piece pleasing to my eyes.
What do you think?
|I haven't yet added an image in the central square, and I omitted a narrow spiral border because I like the plain frame.|
|A close-up of the different designs. This was stitched with Bottom Line thread on a solid cotton fabric.|
I did this work on Christmas Eve, in between rounds of cookery for our family's traditional dishes. (Christmas Eve it's lasagna; we often had company for that meal.) I took time out from setting the table to snap some pictures. The overcast, chilly day was a preface to our Christmas Day snowstorm! (In Arkansas, they are calling this a 'blizzard.' It's no such thing, but they just don't know any better.)
The only marking I did for this piece were the straight-line demarcations for the different widths of borders and the wavy line for the feather border. Marking is no fun!
Here's to more machine quilting in 2013!
I decided to add a central motif in the square; for this I traced a design on Golden Threads tissue, then quilted along the lines. Tearing away the tissue is the worst part....tedious! I seem to be able to use small pieces of the tissue, but sewing through a larger tracing (a border, for instance) bothers me. I need to see and feel the fabric.
Here we are:
|It was difficult to get a good shot of this due to the lighting.|
This will make a nice pillow. I'm pleased to see how far I've come in a year.
The tutorials are still available on the blog of SewCalGal. Take a look and be inspired!