Today I did another sample for SewCalGal’s 2012 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge. The guest teacher for May was Leah Day. Many people became familiar with Leah when she made small free motion sample each day for a year. She has tons of information and videos on her website, so it is well worth a visit if you haven’t been there already.
For this month, Leah introduced everyone to two all-over, free-motion patterns. The first was a double stipple pattern. I did that pattern in the lower right corner of the sample above. Then I decided to do a variation on the pattern by making pairs of wonky leaves in the upper right corner.
The second pattern Leah taught is Railroad tracks. It is a variation of the double stipple, only with more rectangular elements. I practiced that pattern in the upper left corner of my sample. Then I did a variation on that pattern in the lower left corner by making triangles, and it ended up looking like a kite tail.
I was having lots of trouble with tension on my machine today, but honestly, I just wanted to be finished with this, so I just kept pushing forward. On a day that I have extra spare time, I’ll have to figure out why George is misbehaving.