The May Free Motion Quilting Challenge at SewCalGal gave us two choices and I chose to use Marble-T Designs fabric and intuitively free motion over the surface of the fabric. When I logged onto their site and saw their exquisitely hand marbled fabric, I knew that I wanted to take that challenge.
It’s hard for me to just intuitively free motion over the surface, I’m usually a little more intentional. But I don’t want to always be so intentional!I followed the contours of the marbling and really did do this intuitively. I tried not to stop and ponder too much, just go forward. I also tried two thread choices and the darker thread showed up much better. It’s kind of a fine balance with a fabric like this-you don’t want to take away from the artistry of the fabric with a strident color choice, yet you want your quilting to show enough to enhance the piece.
I used Aurifil 28 weight cotton and I think the darker color, showing mostly in the upper and left portions of the photo, marry better to the piece than the lighter color in the lower right quadrant. The back shows the line that the quilting formed-pretty fun! I still have these pieces that need to be in on the fun too! This was a fun exercise and a true challenge for me.