Saturday, June 30, 2012

2012 Free Motion Quilting Challenge-June-Cindy Needham


Our guest teacher for June was Cindy Needham, http://www.cindyneedham.com/ who is an amazing quilter/teacher/artist!!! You should check her site out!!

Our task this month was to Divide and Conquer, or, do a swirl doodle and fill in the spaces with machine quilting. I decided to do kind of a free flowing, wavy sort of design and actually had first decided to do it horizontally.
This is my doodling on paper. I was at first going to add letters. I may still do this for my grand-daughter :^)

I first used my blue washout pens to draw the design on the fabric.

Then I began to fill in each space with quilting.
As you can see from the three photos above, I had the mind set of a horizontal design. But I did not like it at all, so it sat for awhile, untouched!!

Then I moved it a quarter turn to a vertical view, and it was a surprise!! I liked it so much more and it was begging to be filled in. How silly when you think about it!!!

So now that I liked the design, I could actually find my hummm-purrr like Cindy described. It is as though you are one with your machine gliding along at a comfortable, relaxing pace :^)

More photos to show some close ups and the beautiful texture this kind of quilting makes!!! I did a little shading with a crayon. I am not so sure I really like that part, but too late, it cannot be removed!!







WOW, what a great tutorial. I learned a lot and I learned tons from all the other members of our challenge group. I just love the sharing that is going on!!

Thanks to Cindy Needham for such a wonderful lesson and to SewCalGal, http://sewcalgal.blogspot.com/
for hosting this year long challenge. The education and experience is priceless!!

Take care everyone, Happy Quilting, and keep those needles sharp!!
Martha

15 comments:

  1. Wow! So organic and flowing and blending perfectly with your border fabric. Love it!

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  2. wow such wonderful movement in this piece

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  3. I'm impressed how well you do free motion. It is beautiful. We have a 22ft 5th wheel. You would love camping on the coast. It sounds like you need to go camping this year. My sister-in law entered "The Red Chair" in the CA State Fair this year and won 3rd place for it. She got me started in quilting.

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  4. I am so glad that you added your blog to facebook so I could come here and view the close-ups! I love your quilted design! Just beautiful!

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  5. What a great sampler! Your quilting is getting so smooth & even. Love it!

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  6. Very creative ideas! Congrats on winning the draw!

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  7. Congratulations on being a fellow June Challenge winner! And what a wonderful prize - you're the perfect person to win one of Cindy's e-book collections - your quilting and design work are simply spectacular.

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  8. beautiful work it's great Hope I can do as well one day

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  9. I love this! The flowing design with purple thread! Amazing! PLUS I really like the purple shading! Excellent!

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  10. Gorgeous work, I was wondering what type of fabric you used? I loved the sheen.

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  11. Wonderful job....just gorgeous

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    1. Thank you Shirley!! It was so much fun and I learned a lot from Cindy!!!

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  12. Ceciel.maree1@gmail.comJuly 29, 2016 at 4:11 PM

    Lovely work brilliant ideas is the background material satin I love feathers thanks for all your beautiful pictures

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    1. Yes, the background is satin, a little tricky to quilt on!! This was a really fun challenge and I love the outcome!! Thanks for the visit!!

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