Wednesday, May 30, 2012

May Free-Motion Quilting Challenge

Once again - the end of the month (nearly) and I am just getting my May Free-Motion Quilting Challenge finished.  I have had a few distractions this month, as you will see at the end of the post.

I have used Leah Day's blog in the past when trying to come up with new quilting motifs, so I was excited to see her in the list of teachers.  I enjoyed her video and decided to try my machine with the feed dogs up as well as down to see if there was any difference in the quality of the stitch.   My first sample was done with the dogs up and without my Supreme Slider.  It was a little more difficult this way and I would not want to do anything very big in this manor.

For my second sample I lowered the feed dogs and used my Supreme Slider.  Much easier and after comparing the two pieces, I don't think my machine cares if the dogs are up or down.

As far as this distractions this month, I have had lots of company, a college graduation,

and a trip to Raleigh for Animazement, a convention celebrating all things Japanese, science fiction and fantasy, with my daughter to help her sell her work in the artist alley.  She did very well (and as you can see from the picture it was very busy), but I certainly could handle long days and late nights better at 22 than 52.