I know many quilters have continued to link up during the vacation and share progress on many projects. Have you continued quilting during this crazy month, or has your goal to learn free motion quilting gotten a little sidetracked this month?
So matter where you're at with your quilting ability, we're going to have an awesome time quilting several new projects through the rest of the year and learn not only many new designs, but also how to apply them over our quilts in many ways.
This week we're focusing on another Sister of Stippling. Remember this group of designs all work very, very similarly to Stippling so they all can be easily stitched on a large or small scale and in all areas of your quilts.
So far we've learned Sharp Stippling, a variation that introduced sharp points into the wiggly lines of Stippling and Zippling, a design created entirely with zigzag shapes.
This week we're going to learn more about Circuit Board. This design was originally published in the very beginning of the Free Motion Quilting Project, and my original inspiration for it was the maze-like channels on a computer's mother board. Click here for the original tutorial.
Let's learn how to quilt Circuit Board working from very simple shapes into the complex design you see above:
To recap from the video, here's a great place to start with Circuit Board:
Once you get the hang of that design, let's kick it up a notch and play with L and U shapes:
Once you feel comfortable with the idea behind this design, try putting it together in a random arrangement to create a complex Circuit Board design:
Australian Shadows Quilt:
Just to give you a heads up, in 2 weeks we're going to start a new quilt project! We're going to first piece, then quilt a modern quilt:
So start looking around your quilting room for solid colored scraps for the background (a medium pile of scraps and about 1-2 yards of fabric will do) and some funky prints, batiks, or hand dyed fabrics for the squares (around 15 - 30 squares, any size you want to cut them).
Yes, this material list is vague. If that irritates you, yes, you will probably hate the piecing instructions!
This quilt is designed to push you out of the world of exact measurements or precise piecing. Quilting really doesn't have to be so difficult, precise, or perfect, and maybe by piecing this funky, modern quilt we can all learn to let go of our need to control every element of our quilts.
I really hope you'll join us in constructing this awesome quilt in 2 weeks!
Don't forget to ask any questions you have about Circuit Board or anything quilting-related in the comments or on your linked-up blog. Tomorrow we're getting back to Question Thursday post again and I'll need some questions to answer!
Instructions for Linking Up Your Blog:
1. Write your blog post. Publish it on your blog.
2. Copy the link of the specific blog post. This is not just the link to your blog itself (www.freemotionquilting.blogspot.com), but the link to the specific post: http://freemotionquilting.blogspot.com/2012/01/quilt-along-2-quilting-in-rows.html
3. Click the blue link up button above and paste your link into the box.
Keep in mind that you're posting your progress from LAST week on THIS week's post. This way you have time to watch the lesson, play with the ideas, then post your progress to the next quilt along. I hope that makes sense!
Time to Shut Up and Go Quilt,