The primary reason I struggle to call myself a quilter is because of the actual quilting of a quilt. I am a piecer but not so much a quilter. I am terrified of doing anything other than the most basic (usually straight line) quilting for fear of ruining a quilt. I mean we spend so much time, effort and money putting a quilt together, who wants to ruin it with below average quilting?
In an effort to get over my fears I have taken a pledge to complete the 12 Month Free Motion Quilting Challenge over at SewCalGal (click here for details). Each month a quilting expert guides us with new ideas and challenges and it is up to us to practice, practice, practice. So far I have thoroughly enjoyed the challenges and have been reasonably pleased with my efforts. I can definitely see improvement with my quilting skills and with it my confidence is growing.
This month's tutorial came from Cindy Needham who is an amazing quilter. I was intimidated as I drooled over her incredible and very intricate quilting but thought to myself that she too was once a beginner and I am sure her quilting was far from perfect when she first began. Cindy has challenged us to divide and conquer and our first task was to just doodle a zentangle. It took me a while to get the courage to start doodling but once I got going I found I couldn't stop. It is quite addictive and also very therapeutic! It was so much fun and as I doodled I found my fears fading. Here is a picture of what I have doodled so far.
I am quite happy with it but now it is time to take the plunge and have a go with fabric and thread.