Alright. This week we will be quilting one of the skinny strips and a portion of one of the wide strips. I hope you have read the post about line and angle designs. Have you sketched some designs you like in your journal? Great. Pick two or three skinny ones for the one inch wide strip, and a few for the wide strip too. Pick whatever designs you want to try. Simple or more complex, as you desire.
I started with a "z" shape.
Next I intended to do the boxy shape, but when my first line ended up angled I just went for the angled version instead. Yuck. I had a terrible time keeping the angles consistent. I may have forgotten that part about practicing a new design on the practice pad first. Umm... do as I say, not as I do. It looks much better in this picture than it does straight on, I'm not just being dramatic.
Then I went Mayan. It worked nicely.
For the wide strip I used tape to mark off an 11 inch wide area on one end.
I was so excited to try my two new designs that I ignored all the other line possibilities. They were fun and easy and I'd definitely like to use them on a larger scale someday. Between lines I just "stitched in the ditch" instead of stopping and starting.
I took the appropriate amount of time afterward to pet my stitching. I'm sure you know what I'm talking about. It feels best after it's been washed but it's still pretty great right after you've quilted it! It is so fun to see photos of your stitching over in the Flickr pool!
Oh, and if you're needing more more more places to practice your free motion quilting, have you checked out this quilt along offered by Heather at A La Mode Fabric? The idea is making single blocks and then free motion quilting them individually, assembling them into a quilt at the end. This is called "Quilt as you go" and some people prefer it to trying to quilt a large quilt all at once. It's a great way to practice new techniques. If you ruin a block, no big deal. If it works out though, it's one more step to a completed quilt!