Yep. I began by trying to catch up a bit with Leah Day, and made it through the introduction and the "Wiggle" exercises. This is the stack of practice blocks -- with the best one on top, of course! I have more squares of muslin and batting paired and ready to go as I continue this project.
At the same time in the C&G...
My current assignment for Module 5 of the City and Guilds Level 2, Creative Techniques: Quilting, involves Free Motion Quilting (FMQ).. First there were exercises in my sketchbook:
This was another example of trying to scale a quilting design to a motif -- to create texture and interest without overwhelming the motif.
In the end, I had to select a free-motion design and stitch it around a motif. I managed to dig out a sample I'd created for an earlier module and activity, and use it for my sample. Not my best 'pebbles' work (I have done this before, 2 or 3 years ago...) but it got me back into the groove. At the same time, I was able to follow Leah's advice to modify my stippling foot, to test out various threads, and to adjust my chair (by adding a cushion to raise me just a bit) so that future exercises will be a bit more fun and relaxing.
Although I may move on in the C&G (I think foundation piecing is next on the agenda), I'll be continuing with the FMQ Project, so stay tuned for new designs and photos of practice samples as I continue to learn and to "Polish the Process".
P.S. The following pieces in the 3F shop have been submitted for juries' consideration to up-coming exhibits:
"Nobody Here But Us" - 16.25" W x 13.75"L - for "Spaces & Places", the 2012 Biennial Exhibit of the Focus on Fibre Arts Association, Edmonton, Alberta
for the Gallery at the 2012 Lacombe Art Show & Sale, running April 20 -22 at the Lacombe Memorial Centre:
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Wow! What a catalog of stichery. I actually LOVED the heart one - that you thought was stiff - It felt very comfortable to me. but my goodness. I also really like the hay bales.
You have really been busy! Everything looks really good! I am just learning FMQ and at times it is a bit overwhelming. Happy Quilting! ~Jeanne
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