So if I sound a bit stuffy in this latest Videocast #8, you know why!
Today I'm launching the Australian Shadows Quilt Pattern. Don't miss out on the special launch price of this awesome new pattern and online quilting videos.
Now let's catch up on everything shared this week on the project:
Sunday I worked on another experiment, this time transferring a portrait photo onto fabric with a black Pigma pen and sharpie marker. Click here to read the original post.
While I don't think I'm very good at drawing, I just kept reminding myself that I was only using a fat quarter of white fabric, so if I totally messed it up, it really wasn't that big of a deal.
Yesterday I got into the studio and quilted along all of the lines with black thread. Today I'm going to quilt in the white sections with a multi-directional design. Which one should I use?!
This week we've also learned two new designs. Triangle Starships is a variation of Echo Shortcut and a great choice for a quilt you want to finish quickly and easily with fun texture. I might just use this design on my Supernova Quilt, if I can ever get the blocks pieced!
We also learned Seashells & Waves, a new foundational design. This will be the perfect texture to put on an ocean inspired quilt! The beautiful, flowing texture could really look great anywhere, so feel free to experiment with many areas of your next quilt.
I got a question a few weeks ago from Nancy in IN about Stippling and I decided to shoot a segment of tips on tackling this tricky design. Here's a sum up:
- Keep in mind that Stippling is not the easiest design to learn first because it really doesn't give you a lot to think about. Sometimes the lack of instructions can make a design more tricky!
- To tackle the vagueness of "meander around and never cross your lines" I personally start stippling by stitching a curvy letter "u" back and forth in rows until I get into the stippling groove.
Then I start thinking of cartoon letter shapes like E, F, C, H, and S that are easy to think about and visualize. Stitching theses letters with curvy lines that never cross is much easier than jumping into Stippling with nothing to think about.
- Keep in mind that it is NO BIG DEAL if you NEVER learn how to Stipple! No one is ever going to judge you for your inability to stitch this one design. Just because it's the most popular certainly doesn't mean it's the only free motion design that matters.
So if you're struggling with it and getting really frustrated, take a break! Pick another design that is easier for you to visualize and stitch and have fun quilting it over your next quilt.
- And finally, the best way to really get ANY design firmly memorized into your noggin is to stitch that single design over an entire quilt. Pick a full or queen sized quilt top you've pieced, but aren't extremely emotionally attached to.
If you don't have a quilt top that fits this bill, make one today by taking 4 yards of fabric, cut this yardage in half, then seam the two pieces together to create a nice full sized quilt top.
Baste this quilt top and stitch only 1 design over the whole surface, working from the center to the outside. I promise, by the time you finish quilting that whole quilt, you will have memorized that design completely and be able to stitch it in your sleep!
Now I know I'm not the best at organizing all my videos, so I've created a special list on my articles page with links to each videocast. This way if you miss one, or if you need to watch it again, you can always go back and find the videos you need.
Now I'm heading back into the studio to work on my portrait quilt. The hardest part will be picking which design to use!
Let's go quilt,