I used this month's challenge to start something I have been thinking about for a while - a stitch library. When I get ready to quilt either a traditional pieced quilt or a non-landscape quilt I am usually stuck for ideas on how to get started on the quilting.
I used Ann Fahl's tutorial to start creating little blocks of quilt designs. I started with the ever present stippling design. I get very bored with stippling so I started at a medium stipple and then went smaller and then smaller still.
Next I used a grid format that I have used many times - but now have a sample to show. This is quilted by marking lines horizontally and vertically 1" apart. Then you start a one intersection and sew in a curve to the next intersection. It goes very fast and if you have smooth curves - it looks impressive - like you are quilting circles!
Lastly I did a study of leaves for a quilt I just finished - which I will blog about separately in my next post. I tried varies forms of leaves from oak to birch to a few made up ones.
In each sample I sewed a round button hole - I plan on using a loose-leaf ring to collect these samples so that the next time I need an idea how to quilt a project - I will have a library to look at. I hope to create additional samples as I work on new projects.