Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Leaving a Tangled Garden

Front - Leaves
I almost forgot about posting my January progress on the 2012 Free Motion Quilting Challenge with SewCalGal! Frances Moore, this month's expert, provided a great video tutorial on leaves earlier this month. 

I did my leaves on the border of my Tangled Garden quilt, a very old project that I had made to practice free motion quilting. My first attempt at free motion quilting this was a disaster so it got shoved in the closet for years.

In the last year though, I've finally learned how to free motion quilt and I have done some leaves before so I have the 'muscle memory' for the leaf shape. To try something new this time, I added a three-pronged vein in my leaves. A few look great, some look okay and some look like the leaf was stabbed by a trident!
Front - More leaves
I chose matching thread for the top and back, which made taking photos quite a challenge, but hides my mistakes beautifully. ;) I also added in the occasional loopy loo to help fill and change leaf direction.
Leaf or Heart stabbed by a trident?
Back - Leaves - Can you even tell it's been quilted?
Happy quilting!


  1. If you want your quilting to show in a photograph use indirect lighting. Light coming from an angle will create shadows making the hills and valleys of quilting visible.

    It looks great by the way.

  2. great leaves Michelle...looking forward to what comes up next month.

  3. No disasters here! This looks awesome!

  4. Looks great M R. Your quilting is coming on a treat!


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