It's time again for another Free Motion Challenge. I really think this is one of the best things going on in blogland!
I found this month's challenge by Cindy Needham especially difficult. We were supposed to break up our area into smaller sections, then fill each section with a new design. "Divide and Conquer", she said. Well, I divided, but I am not sure I conquered. The designs used could be anything - feathers, grids, free-form anything really - but we were supposed to try out repetitive lines, circles and S-curves (feathers fits in with this one).
I spent all month drawing on paper, and while I came up with some interesting sketches, I am not sure that I really "got" the lesson. Drawing is one thing, but sewing neat lines and S-curves was hard. When I look at designs posted in the lesson, I see beautiful things, but when I look at what I have created, I see a mess. Of course, this is just for the purpose of improving my skill, but I think this particular lesson might be a little too soon for me even after several practice pieces. I was way beyond my comfort level and kept wanting to break out the marking tool to trace/draw everything first -- although, I still probably wouldn't have been happy with the results from that either. I am still having a lot of difficulty with feathers, and even my repetitive lines are messy. How hard should lines be??? My brain just had trouble keeping up - something Cindy Needham called "Disequilibrium". Turns out I have that in spades!
Now for something positive - I'm not sure if it is just that I have so many stitches on this month's piece or what, but with the exception of a few areas, my stitch length was more uniform despite changing speeds frequently. I shall pat myself on the back.
It makes me wonder what is cooking for next month's challenge!
- 3 x 6 Bee Blocks - just need to get them in the mail!
- Free Motion Challenge for June
- Thank you quilt for Ashley's teacher - quilting in progress
- Red, White, Blue New York Beauty - piecing in progress
- Urban Nine Patch Tablerunner - sandwiched and awaiting quilting
- Handstitched goodies, including the class quilt
- June UFO - "A Christmas Something for myself" - English paper piecing in progress (wow it takes a while!)
- New York Beauty Quilt A Long - actually different from the one above.
- Swoon - my fabric is waiting, and waiting, and waiting
- Batik Stripe Quilt - still sandwiched and ready to be quilted!
- Lincoln quilt - need to put the borders on this baby and finish it up.
- Blue & White Stack-n-Whack for May UFO challenge
This week's stats:
Completed projects - 2 - Hooray!
New projects - 0
Currently in Progress - 5-ish
Linking up with Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday's