How did your first two blocks go? I'll post a linky party next week so you can link up pictures of your first four blocks. So rest for a week, or catch up, and join the party! Or, if you're an eager beaver and a flickr fan, I've set up a flickr group for sharing on Lyn's suggestion - thanks Lyn!
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Now before we get going with blocks 3 and 4, a note about backtracking. Before I watched a Karen McTavish video, I didn't know about backtracking. I was only formally taught to stipple and you do not go over any line at all doing that! So seeing people go backwards and forwards along the one line to 'branch' out to other areas kind of blew my mind. You won't do this in the spirals, probably, but if you haven't 'backtracked' before, it's very liberating and opens up totally new horizons. So we'll give that a go in block 4.
The videos from the rest of today's post are brought to you by... the Free Motion Quilting Project, rather than me. :)
Row 1, Block 3.
Spirals are a basic essential for free motion quilting, but they take a bit of practice.
Here's Leah Day demonstrating the basic spiral from the Free Motion Quilting Project.
Here's mine - not perfect, but not too bad. I need more practice at this one!
|Ocean Current by Leah Day|
|Spiral Mess by Leah Day|
Row 1, Block 4.
I'm quite pleased with this one. Ok, don't freak out... We've done curves, we've done flowers, and we've done spirals. Now to put them all together.
Start with a circle in the centre. (I tried this twice and both mine ended up off centre. I decided to make it work for me rather than work for it. You could always cheat and mark the centre of your block. That would be sensible, but I've rarely been accused of that.)
I've kind of worked a variation on Leah Day's Sunflower. You can watch how she did it here. Or you can take off and create your own. However, only use up about 3/4 of the space on your block.
|Leah Day Sunflower|
How's that? Manageable? It's not too scary when you break it down.
Would also appreciate your thoughts on the speed of this QAL. Is two blocks a week too much? The third week will be a break for a linky party where you can show off your first four blocks, so it's really 4 blocks in 3 weeks... Shall I leave the last week of this month free for those who are still doing block prepping to catch up? Then start again in February? Comments please!