|Full View of Tree Roots Practice Piece|
Leah's latest assignment has us practicing a free motion quilting with a pattern called Tree Roots. How apropos. We have moved from beginner stitching to advanced beginner level. Tree Roots requires not only plotting our route but back tracking, or travel stitching.
|Close Up of Tree Roots|
Note Some Travel Stitching is Not detectible
While Other Travel Stitching is Obvious
You may recall that the prior assignment was titled Branching Out. Tree Roots and Branching Out are basically the same, but the roots are slightly curved while the branches are all straight lines set at angles to each other. I found it more challenging to travel stitch along a gently curved line than a straight line.
It is easier to see the overall pattern that Tree Roots creates by viewing the back side of the practice piece. I purposefully select a commercial fabric with various hues and values as my front. Since that is the type of fabric I use for most of my quilts. However, to demonstrate my stitching acume (or not) I use solid fabrics on the backside.
|Back Side of Tree Roots Practice Piece|
There is nothing like a closeup to on solid fabric to show every single stitch...
|Detail of the Back Side of Tree Roots|