Welcome to another Free Motion Mavericks linking party (Week 304). Last week I learned how to create an abstract piece using paper and then adding free motion quilting (FMQ).
Creating an abstract template
As you may know, I've been fully immersed in TextileArtist.org's Stitch Club 2020. We've had some amazing teachers and workshops. Last week's teacher was Sabine Kaner. To help us create an abstract piece, she had us crumple up a piece of paper and then draw the lines that the crumpling had made to create an abstract piece.
|FMQ with variegated thread in each of the sections
I made two pieces, but in this post I'll tell you about my second project. For this piece, I used a brown paper bag which is a rigid paper that created larger sections when it was crumpled.
|Creating the abstract template
using a brown paper bag
I had an idea and tried to applique fabric in the sections but it was a mess, so I ripped it all out (I almost never do that but the alternative was putting it in the garbage - which I did but I took it out the next day!)
I just wanted to make something interesting but easy. My first piece was a lot of work and I didn't want to spend all that time making a second piece. Since I still had the FMQ or darning foot on the machine, I thought that I would at least sew around the lines. I attached a sheet of Ricky Tim's Stable Stuff Poly on the back and then started FMQ.
|Close-up of the stitching
|Another close-up of the stitching
|List of threads used
in each section
|Template, list and practice piece
attached in my FMQ Journal
- After having made my first project, I had little patience for that second project, even if I had loved making the first one.
- I'm glad that I literally took the project out of the garbage to remove the applique and continue in a different way.
- It's a very useful guide of both the variegated threads that I have as well as some FMQ designs.
- I found one thread that I hadn't used before that is absolutely beautiful. I'm looking forward to using it again!
- This project used only one aspect of Sabine Kaner's technique. My first piece, that I will post later this week is a little more in line with her work. Here's a sneak peek! Come back on the weekend to check it out 😊
|My first project,
Free Motion Mavericks
What a great turn out we had last time. Thanks so much for linking up and sharing your lovely projects. This week I thought that I would feature A Bloom Finish by Leanne at Devoted Quilter. Leanne started quilting it one way and when she wasn't happy, very resourcefully changed tactics. She also had to do some troubleshooting when she couldn't see her thread as she was stippling the background. She ended up quilting the background from the back, since she could see the bright thread on her white backing. If you didn't see it, take a look at A Bloom Finish. Way to go Leanne!
|A Bloom Finish by Leanne at Devoted Quilter
Now it's your turn!