|December 2012 FMQ Border Challenge Completed (Backing Side)|
It took me at least an hour just to mark the straight (or straightISH, as it turned out) lines delineating where each pattern would begin and end. I used an acrylic straight line tool with Velcro grip teeth on the bottom to help me quilt along the straight lines, which took some practice before I got the hang of it. Then, the quilting of the actual designs -- it was agonizing this time. From a distance it looks pretty good, but as I was doing the quilting I was very frustrated that I could not get the quilting to come out on the fabric looking as good as it had in my imagination. The border pattern that I thought would be easiest turned out to be very difficult for me, and nothing was coming out the way I wanted it to. In all honesty, this probably has a lot to do with the fact that, being down to the wire with this challenge, I skipped the "practice doodling the designs until you are comfortable drawing them" step... Ahem.
|Finished Piece, Right Side Up|
The first photo I showed is actually the back of the piece. Although my orchid purple thread shows up well enough on the blue and purple batik fabric in person, it's really hard to see in pictures.
Most of the border designs I used on this piece came directly from Patsy's excellent tutorial, but I did mix in a couple of other new designs that I've been wanting to try. The "Squiggle Square" motif in the outer border was from one of Lori Kennedy's free-motion quilting tutorials over at The Inbox Jaunt. I also attempted to replicate one of Judi Madsen's quilting motifs that looks like a string of stuffed olives (when she does it) but mine did not turn out so smooth and round. I'm most pleased by how much straighter I was able to quilt the straight lines in this piece and by the overall balance I achieved by alternating dense/open quilting, curvy/geometric quilting, and the way the center and unquilted strips puff up for relief. It looks kind of like a museum frame around a painting, doesn't it?
So now I have completed 11 challenges, and I have one more to go between now and Halloween. Wish me luck!