|Dahlia flower (although I see tulips!)|
I sandwiched it on the weekend, did some stitching-in-the-ditch around each block and then decided on a few stencils to use.
This quilted block is made from a large dahlia stencil but I'll be adding a little something later so that it fills out the edges of the whole inside block.
This quilted block is from a lotus flower stencil. This was great since it does take up most of the inside block. I just added a leaf on both sides of the middle strip to complete it.
|Fanciful Heart Pattern|
This third block has a fanciful heart motif. I'll be adding a little something extra so that it takes up the whole space of the inner block.
I now have 13 more blocks to quilt! I'll be using these stencil patterns again as well as one more that I haven't tried out yet.
I also found a great series of Free Motion Quilting (FMQ) sample blocks at ipatchandquilt. I have been practicing Esther's Fantasy block which is part of her FMQ samples - part 13 - orange peel variations. Have a look (see Related Links below) - she is doing some amazing quilting!
Practicing the Stem Stitch
I've been adding to the stem stitch sampler which I started on my trip to Quilt Canada last week. I'm calling it Étude in Stem Stitching.
|Étude in Stem Stitching - to date!|
|Details of Étude in Stem Stitching|
The colours aren't always very visible on this background. I'm not sure what I'll do with this after I've finished the embroidery. I think I would like to add beads and maybe even add some paint (that would be very brave of me!)
|More details of Étude in Stem Stitching|
Isn't is amazing how a photo lets your really "see" your piece? One of the National Juried Show winners at Quilt Canada said that she takes pictures at every step to review how her quilt is coming along. I really want to use this technique.
I'm mentioning this because as I look at the flower here, I see that I should be adding a few more petals in the lower right side to even it out.
Come back tomorrow for Canada Day - Celebrate - Fêtons 150!
What I learned
- As I just mentioned, I want to take more photos of my pieces, especially those that I am designing, to get another perspective of the work. This is one lesson I really hope I will remember.
- It would seem that I don't really do quick posts! I always have something to say about quilting. Thanks for humouring me. :-)
- Esther at ipatchandquilt - FMQ samples - part 13 - orange peel variations
- Countdown to Canada Fêtons 150, June 22, 2017