I simplified the drawing to suit a wholecloth quilt design. Then I stitched the outline of the drawing, and followed up with some tiny McTavishing. Micro-McTavishing? Mini-McTavishing? Anyway, it was fun!
I've gotten better at this fabulous design, I think due to the McTavish-along, which was the first Free Motion Monday Quilting Adventure series. At first glance, you'd think that this was tiny, painstaking work. But since the scale is so small and the thread matches the fabric, it's quite forgiving.
Then it was time to mark the grid and begin my grid-based design. I wanted to do it at a 45 degree angle, so I lined up the 45 degree marking on my stencil (www.quiltingstencils.com) with the straight edge of my fabric and began marking with my disappearing marker.
I was having trouble marking these lines at first and then realized my marker was on its last legs and switched to a new one. It made a big difference! These are half-inch squares and make a great filler design in a checkerboard pattern. I shot another video of my stitching.
I ended up stitching two different grid-based designs, but am only covering this first one here. Speaking of designs, Karin at the Quilt Yarn linked up to last week's post and she had a great resource to share. Charlotte Warr Andersen has a book all about geometric and grid-based designs! (One Line at a Time ) In fact she's got a second book with more designs and her no-mark methods to make them are definitely worth checking out. Bonnie McCaffery has a video interview with her on youtube:
Marking with stickers and/or tape! Brilliant!
I love the texture of this design and can't wait to fill in around the rest of my flower with more grid-based designs.
Don't forget to comment or link up to this post, if you didn't do so with last week's post, so you can be entered to win two stencils from www.quiltingstencils.com. The lucky winners win be drawn next week.
I love seeing what everyone is doing during these Monday link-ups!
If you've missed any of the Free Motion Monday posts, you can find them on the Free Motion Mondays page.
Here's the guidelines for the link party:
For the linky this week, link up a post of grid-based designs you've done, if any. If you haven't done any, now's the time to draw some out, start a new practice piece or even try them out on a quilt!
Some quick rules:
- Keep your post relevant to this quilt along please. Spammy posts will be deleted.
- Make sure you link up to the individual post, not your home page as nobody wants to have to search around for the post if they're a little late to the party.
- Reciprocate! Link back to this post somewhere in your post. You've got to dance with the one who took you to the party, so make sure you link back.
- Don't be a wall-flower. (Talking to myself here too. In person I am so stinking shy!) Visit the other links, be sociable, and leave comments.
- Please make sure you leave me a way to contact you if you are a no-reply commenter, especially if you ask a question.
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