This month's challenge is feathers and the tutor is Diane Gaudynski, what a combination! Diane's feathers are classic and elegance personified, I am trying so hard to emulate them and I do practice a lot but am having a few problems along the way.
Firstly I have great difficulty in relaxing and have to stop every ten minutes or so to unwind.
Secondly the uniformity of my stitching has a lot to be desired but I guess I'm improving.
Thirdly is concentration. I've found that one of the best tips I have learnt from Diane is NOT to watch the needle but look a couple of centimetres ahead and this works wonders but I forget and my eyes go back to the needle and my stitching wanders.
Lastly I want to be able to quilt in all directions without turning the quilt, I tend to make small quilts, wallhangings etc. so it's no problem to turn the quilt but I am committed to making a very special bed quilt and to continually turn it would be well nigh impossible. So with the exception of the 1st photo all the other samples are quilted without turning.
The first four samples below are all quilted with Bottom Line thread both through the needle and in the bobbin. I used 80/12 needle and Hobbs Heirloom wool batting.
The above sample I did a few months ago. I copied one of Diane's feathers, transfering it to my fabric using lead pencil (BIG mistake, could not launder out) I was quite happy with the result but in doing the quilting I turned the quilt to suit whichever direction I was going.
These were2 of my practice samples for the February challenge.
I am sure there must be a much easier way of blogging than what I'm doing but I guess I will learn as I go :)