I have been really pushed for time this month which left little opportunity to work on my free motion quilting challenges. I managed to squeeze in an hour or two today but I am not particularly happy with my efforts. I can't blame the poor results on the lack of time though.
I have been doodling all month whenever I have found a few minutes and I was happy with the drawings so I went into Angela's tiles challenge thinking it would be relatively simple. I was very wrong - it was deceptively difficult to stitch. The concept is not hard but I found that I lost my way a few times and had difficulty working out of corners where I often seemed to be stuck.
I took the easy way out and did stippling in my tiles but even the stipples are not very good. This is actually what has disappointed me the most. I thought I was pretty good at stipples but today I couldn't get a smooth rhythm which resulted in 'jumpy' stipples and pretty inconsistent spacing.
I really love the tiles design and after a bit more practicing I can't wait to fill the negative spaces of my modern quilt with it. I think that when it is quilted using white thread on a white background the design will be far more subtle and blend so much better than this practice piece done in contrasting thread.
I have ordered Angela Walters new book and I can't wait for it to arrive. And although I use a domestic sewing machine, I have signed up for Angela's online Machine Quilting Negative Space class with Craftsy.
I know that by the time I am finished I will see a vast improvement in my skills which makes it a bit easier to swallow the disappointing entry I am submitting to Sew Cal Gal's Free Motion Quilt Challenge this month.
Thank you so much Sew Cal Gal and Angela Walters for your great tutorial this month.