Friday, 15 April 2016

Wild Quilting class [no.1]

I made myself a present and inscribed to Christina Cameli's online class of "wild quilting" at Craftsy! Since a while I am following Christinas blog "afewscraps" and I love her organic quilting. The little videos of her quilting that she is posting from time to time are just so relaxing to watch! If you are looking at my last quiltings (not as much as I would like to), you will find some of her patterns in it.
I struggled with the inscription, because I feared not having the time to really do the practicing and only watching the videos. But without pressure I am not working, so I took the class, prepared the material (test sandwiches for quilting homework) and started the first lesson. Christina is explaining great and showing examples for all her advices. I learned already lots about echoing and leaving open space to stand out. (I wanted immediately watch the other lessons too, but I forced myself to do the excercise first)
The first exercise was about filling space between two lines and I had really trouble staying between the lines. I am not at all happy about how often I passed over the lines. 
See my first test-square:
I should have left the open space (without quilting) wider. It is not popping in the eyes as much as I would like it. 
Christina showed in the lesson how to stich feather lines and I wanted to try that. She proposed to do exercises on paper before and I did. There it was, when I recognised that it wasn't clever to make my zones expending. If I would have filled them with only feathers the last petals would be too large and would distract the eyes from the free zones. I tested some filling elements beside the tendril. Some of them where distracting a lot from the tendril. Then I remembered the echoing and tried that. One of the most discrete filling where just narrow lines, but I had a hard time stitching them on the narrow sections.

I see that I have still a lot to practice and to learn. I also have to find a way to slow down my machine or train my foot to be more sensible :-). 
I am not satisfied by this one, but the next one hopefully will be better, and I am eager to start with it right after the spring-vacation that will be next week.

There is one person who really liked my quilting:

A bientôt,


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