July Free Motion Quilting Challenge

This month’s challenge on SewCalGal’s blog is by Angela Walters, a professional long armer, author and young Modern Quilter. She showed us how to use “tiles” as background fill. I really like the concept and probably will use it in future projects-thank you Angela!

I have to admit, I am currently on the cusp of being burned out, so I only did a small section. My Visible Learning Curve is present: you will see in the lower left hand corner I started out using a different motif in each tile. That looked too busy. So I started to use the bubble motif in each tile-much better. But still, the tile part of “tiling” didn’t really show up. Finally at the end I made the surrounding frame fatter and that I liked. Also, this would have benefitted greatly from a better thread choice. Because there is a significant amount of backtracking involved, this would be much better with 100 wt silk thread. See how it gets a bit thready?I had to take this photo showing the work in shadow-don’t ya just love the texture that wool batting gives? All those plump little areas are so filled with texture-love that!

16 Responses

  1. Marcia
    Marcia July 31, 2012 at 1:20 pm | | Reply

    What you do always looks like magic to me!

    1. jennyklyon
      jennyklyon August 1, 2012 at 12:55 am | | Reply

      Thank you Marcia!

  2. Barb@Witsend
    Barb@Witsend July 31, 2012 at 4:57 pm | | Reply

    Jenny – I found the fatter borders looked better too. Your work look amazing. I really like the effect of the wool batting. I’m going to have to try that soon.
    Barb@Witsend

    1. jennyklyon
      jennyklyon August 1, 2012 at 12:32 am | | Reply

      Thank you Barb-I just checked out your blog and see you came to the same conclusion about the borders! Fun blog-I’m subscribed now!

  3. Laura Conowitch
    Laura Conowitch July 31, 2012 at 8:26 pm | | Reply

    Jenny, I also like the fat borders better. And I like the consistency of the same design in each of the tiles, be it pebbles, stippling, or whatever. The wool batt provides wonderful texture!

    1. jennyklyon
      jennyklyon August 1, 2012 at 12:33 am | | Reply

      Thanks Laura-I always have to stitch it out before I figure out what looks best, sigh!

  4. Franki Kohler
    Franki Kohler July 31, 2012 at 10:52 pm | | Reply

    Oh dear. . . I checked out the SewCalGal’s site. I think I’m in trouble. Thank you! I wonder what using just 2 patterns in the tiles would look like.

  5. jennyklyon
    jennyklyon August 1, 2012 at 12:34 am | | Reply

    Yes Franki-the Challenge is pretty cool and it’s very interesting to see what everyone is doing. 2 patterns might be very interesting. I do think I will be using this motif.

  6. Pat
    Pat August 1, 2012 at 2:40 am | | Reply

    Yes, I like the wider borders better too, but especially I love the way your pebbles pop in these photos!

    1. jennyklyon
      jennyklyon August 1, 2012 at 4:05 am | | Reply

      Thank you Pat! I’m a sucker for that texture.

  7. What Comes Next?
    What Comes Next? August 1, 2012 at 4:16 am | | Reply

    I like seeing your progression – the thicker borders and consistent fill work for me. Hope you can relax and recover soon – burn out’s no fun.

    1. jennyklyon
      jennyklyon August 1, 2012 at 12:35 pm | | Reply

      Thank you for that encouragement-I think I need to walk away for just a bit, but I have so much to do! It’s a cycle. As to the stitching, I do try to show my ups and downs, my “Visible Learning Curve”.

  8. Rebecca Grace
    Rebecca Grace August 1, 2012 at 2:59 pm | | Reply

    Hi, Jenny. Thanks for the encouraging comment about MY “visible learning curve.” I decided I just have to work through it, knowing that the quilting on this quilt is the best I can do TODAY, and I won’t ever get better at it if I give up just because it isn’t perfect. And it’s ugly… I considered ripping out those “flame” things after I’d done eight blocks, but there were too many places where the stitches accidentally got really tiny and I don’t think I COULD get them out without damaging the quilt.

    Your July sample is lovely — you have one fill pattern that reminds me of little coffee beans! They are probably really leaves, now that I look closer, but if you rounded off the tip instead of having a point, they would look just like the beans I ground for my morning coffee. I love your pebbles, too.

    1. jennyklyon
      jennyklyon August 1, 2012 at 4:40 pm | | Reply

      Rebecca-You have the PERFECT attitude for success! “Just move forward” is my motto. Today’s quilting cannot be perfect, I can only get better every day. If I spend my days ripping out what I do not like, I will not move forward. Go girl!

  9. Roxane Lessa
    Roxane Lessa August 1, 2012 at 3:46 pm | | Reply

    Fabulous quilting, I need to share this technique with my peeps- they will love it!

    1. jennyklyon
      jennyklyon August 1, 2012 at 4:13 pm | | Reply

      Oh thank you Roxane, glad you enjoyed it-I enjoy sharing!

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