I'm back on free motion quilting today. I decided to try putting words on a blue art quilt that I had started several months ago. Before Christmas I thought I'd put some crochet doilies on it. But after Christmas that didn't seem to be what I wanted to do. I'd spray based the top because I knew it needed to be quilted before the doilies when on.
When Leah Day started her new teaching project in January I knew I
wanted to do at least some of what she was teaching, but I didn't want
to do her quilt. So this week I drew two words and a phrase on sections
of the blue art quilt top.
I chose to use script letters, and I don't think I sewed over them as
often as she did on hers. I'm not sure how I feel about this, but it
certainly will take care of my fear of my stitches showing, if nothing
The phrase Bloom Where You Are spoke to me. It is what I am trying to do with my life. I also use two words in another section of the piece: Joy and Peace.
I'm going to be breaking down another barrier with this piece. I'm going to stipple around the letters. I have avoided stippling like the plague, but there are places where nothing else will do.
I've been auditioning some quilting ideas for another project. But you can see the word Joy and two kinds of quilting around it on this paper too. I liked how the stippling, even my miserable version of it, looked much better than the echoing.
I've ordered some blue thread and I will be waiting for it before I start that part of the quilting.
Meanwhile I'm auditioning quilting designs for the table scarf. I'm
pretty sure I'm going to use Leah Day's Sunflower on the group of four
square in square blocks. One sunflower to each group of blocks. The
"problem" is the larger square in square block. I still have not figured
out what to do with that.
Progress continues on the hexagon project. Turns out I can baste the hexagon papers while I am watching TV. I've cut out a bunch of additional ones.
I'm going to be doing some kind of color study or value study with these. I'm not totally sure what. I think I'm going to need more very light colored hexagons for this project. But mostly I'm just making them. I keep thinking about how to organize the kind of thing I want to do with them, but mostly, I'm just making them.