Sunday, December 2, 2012

Doodling

Since I signed up for Machine Quilting Negative Space by Angela Walters on Craftsy, I've been watching the videos whenever I can. I've watched bits and pieces of the first six videos while doing the following:
  • Waiting for preschool pickup
  • Making dinner
  • Laying in bed one night when I wasn't feeling well
  • Trimming HSTs
  • Baking cookies
This is definitely my kind of class.  

I've started doodling.  This is my very first attempt at these designs so don't look too closely. It also doesn't help that I used dark brown thread. I like being able to see what I'm doing while I practice, but it shows all mistakes. Those straight lines were done FMQ using a ruler as a guide. It worked quite well. I definitely need a lot more practice, but I'm really enjoying this process. It is a struggle to get everything smooth with even sizes and shapes, but hopefully that will come with practice (and a neutral thread that hides my mistakes better).



I'm planning to finish up this improv quilt and use it as my first FMQ experiment quilt with lots of different designs. It seems to be the perfect project for this.

18 comments:

  1. It's looking good. I think it's a good idea to have your practice quilting done in easy to see thread. It makes your successes and your mistakes easier to gauge. I plan on doing the FMQ class on Craftsy some time next year. I want to have a go, but am a bit nervous, so a class would help with getting over that first hurdle.

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  2. Your swirls look great! I just did them for the first time too...it was a lot harder to get the movement looking ok than I expected.

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  3. You can definitely see the progress through the practice pieces, the end result is going to look fab :o)

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  4. I think it is looking incredible!! Can't wait to see it on your improv quilt!

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  5. Wow, I think your practice looks really good. I a bunch of crafts classes on free motion quilting so I guess I should actually try to do fmq myself.

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  6. Your quilting is looking great. I have signed up for one of her classes at Quiltcon but I might start practicing over the holidays.

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  7. I'm taking that class, too. Your practice pieces look great. My doodles on paper are showing up all over the house. My family thinks I've gone crazy, and it sure is fun. Can't wait to try it on fabric.

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  8. I love your doodles! Especially the ones that look like leaves mixed in with the swirls. They look great! Your quilt is going to be awesome too.

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  9. I love your doodles! Especially the ones that look like leaves mixed in with the swirls. They look great! Your quilt is going to be awesome too.

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  10. I signed up for this class too, but I havent' started it yet. Your doodles look awesome! I'm pretty sure mine would look TERRIBLE compared to yours. : )

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  11. Nice work, Kati! Dark thread does show mistakes, but makes it so much easier to see what you're doing and learn how to do it better. I'm impressed with anyone who can FMQ well on a DSM, I have a really hard time doing anything smoothly at all.

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  12. Wow! Your practice is already looking great!!! Glad you are enjoying the class on your own time and it has been helpful!! Have fun practicing!!

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  13. Kati, those are some great doodles, don't apologize! I need to start practicing like this...

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  14. Wow, for a first attempt I think this is wonderful! You are doing a great job. I always think where I go back over a line it's not exactly on it and looks messy. Yours is so neat and even. Well done!

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  15. Dang I wish my doodles looked half that good. Nice

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