Hoooooray, It's Jenny Lyon's Blog Hop Day!
I got my hot little hands on my copy of Jenny's new book,
Free-motion Quilting from Ordinary to Extraordinary,
when I was in Houston at Quilt Market and Festival
Due to an unforeseen delay in my studio yesterday
...torrential rain outside..
and a lovely light shower INSIDE ...coming through my skylight..
I had to abandon ship,
pack up the ark
and head home...
And in my haste to evacuate I forgot to bring home my
"PLACTICE" (Jenny's term) pieces!
So I'm back...
Jenny's Book is a treasure!
I've been free-motion quilting for years but I've never attempted to use these skills
to fill in spaces on a quilt. I use my sewing machine as a drawing tool.
I 'draw' my images from my imagination and I rarely plan a specific design.
I doodle and I meander and I very spontaneously and intuitively stitch.
If I do have a plan, I go off script and simply go rogue.
So, for this Blog Hop my idea was to practice a bit of self-discipline (not my super power).
Jenny's book is loaded with ideas about how to approach connecting motifs,
and where to find inspiration for designs all around us.
Since I don't make quilts from soft cottons,
I pulled out some of my canvas scraps to "PLACTICE" on.
Jenny's idea is to Play and Practice..."PLACTICE"!
As a warm-up, I doodled a floral design. (Just having fun)
And then, I played with making one continuous motif using a plant as an inspiration.
So much fun! And a bit addicting!
Next was to play with grids...a motif I love to use.
Again I loved the free-play. My spontaneous side took over for a minute
and I added some little loop-de-doops. Sometimes I just can't help myself.
On to Spirals...
My first attempt is missing from my pile of samples. (sorry... no photo.)
But I needed a lot more practice.
I did that with some spirals and then sewed some more. Better, but again, I went rogue
and added some loops and swirls.
And I love it!
That's the Whole Point!
Next up are some fun star burst shapes...
And then I channeled my 12 year old self and reverted to my blob-shaped doodles.
(Hundreds and hundreds of these were made during boring lectures at school.)
I had SO MUCH FUN playing and "PLACTICING" my free-motion stitching
(and I clearly need to work on my self-discipline).
This is SO MUCH FUN!
Here's how you can have a chance to win Jenny's book.
Leave a comment here on my blog saying what your favorite thread is.
If your ID doesn't link back to you, please leave a valid email address or way to contact you.
I will (randomly) choose a winner on December 15, 2018.