Saturday, April 30, 2011

This is what I did today !

 Have you ever tried Free Motion Quilting , well today I had the priviledge to take part in a free motion quilting workshop with Deb Plestid who is a wonderful fibre artist and an extremely good instructor . We had a choice of subjects to work on and I chose this grided picture that when done shows the lilies . I am REALLY new to this so was rather slow and I  am far from finished but to tell you the truth my back couldn't take any more ;-)
 Opps I see the photo is upside down and the lighting is rather poor as well but you can get the general idea of what we did . The first thing we did was draw the grid and sew around that to stablize everything then we went around the lilies before starting the different types of designs of free motion . Oh it was fun but man I need LOTS of practise!!
 Here are a couple of close ups , that is rather dangerous as it will show you just how inexperienced I am with this work but hey you have to start somewhere right ;-) Those blocks in the corner really were a challenge for me , my brain just couldn't get around that square the right way , it did get better by the time I got to the last one but they are far from perfect . The pebbles were rather easy compared to those squares and well my squiggly lines could have been more squiggly but I know I can improve on that one .
 

This is the last section I worked on , the little chicken feet , they were kind of fun and not too difficult but again I could definitely improve with some practise .  Lots more to do but not today , it will be  a little easier here at home at my own sewing table with more space and  everything in reach ,however I sure enjoyed my day and would take this class again as there is lots I didn't get to try and I'd like to have Deb close by to give me some direction as to how these different stitches are achieved .
 How did you spend your day ? Thanks so much for stopping by .
 hugs Sheila

15 comments:

  1. Hi Sheila.....oh how I wish I could take that class....it looks great; really. I love the chicken feet and the leaves and vine....the lilies too. glad you had fun....you may have to teach me now....hahaha

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  2. Very nice to be able to take a class like that.
    How do you quilt your quilts in the past? Do you do all of them by hand? I quilt some of mine by hand and that is my preferred method, but time doesn't allow for a lot of that so the others are quilted by machine. I'm not that great at machine quilting.
    You work looks good to me, Sheila.

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  3. I would so love to take a class in free motion quilting....

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  4. Looks like you had great fun. How nice it was for you to be able to take the class. Hugs,

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  5. Sheila it is fantastic..... I would never have thought you were a beginner.... wonderful and a whole new art form for you....
    Hugz

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  6. Great job. I've just started doing FMQ - taking a class is a wonderful idea.

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  7. How fun! You did a wonderful job! I always get so tense when I'm trying to free motion. I need a massage when I'm done! hee,hee,hee.
    xx, shell

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  8. That's a really neat practice idea! I think you did very well. I am kind of afraid of FMQ, but really want to get better. One day, when I have FINALLY moved, I will just have to sit down and do it!

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  9. Oh wow, this new skill opens up so many possibilities. Can't wait to see what you do next.

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  10. Would Love to take a class like that ... Your Work is amazing ...Always Something New & really Interesting .. Myself ..I just finished a mall I spy quilt top for Madison's cart & I have the blocks completed for single bed I spys for Caleb & Madison as well.. Trying to Recoup from Shingles & a cold on top has slowed me down ...Hugs & Stay healthy Sheila ..

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  11. You are doing so well Sheila - I understand about the back - but it does get easier - back and FMQ. You have some great designs. Would be great to take a real life class... you are the lucky one :)

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  12. wow Sheila, das sieht ganz, ganz toll aus!!! Ich glaube du bist ein Naturtalent ☺ Super Idee, ein "Übungsstück" zu machen, dass man nachher sogar gebrauchen kann. Freue mich auf das fertige Bild.
    LG
    Bente

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  13. Fantastic job Sheila. Glad you enjoyed your class.

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  14. es muy bonito todo lo que haces, enhorabuena,
    azu

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