|"Matrix" - Front Side|
Executed on an 18" x 18" Block
"Matrix" was the perfect design to follow flowing lines. It is formed by creating an undulating line from corner to corner of the area being filled. The first line is the guide for creating parallel lines across the rest of the area. Once that is completed a second undulating line perpendicular to the first line, starting and ending at the two other corners, is stitched. This line is the guide for lines perpendicular to the first set. What is formed is a free flowing grid.
|Detail of "Matrix" Practice Piece|
Note how I used the piecing junctures as a guide to keep
my diagonal line on track.
Even following Leah's advice to readjust my hand position every 4" or so, I find I struggle not to jerk off line from time to time. I suspect this is not exclusively a free motion quilting learning issue. I have noticed similar issues with my handwriting as I age. No matter how assiduously I concentrate, flowing smooth lines are impossible for me to achieve when writing.
|Actual photo of "Matrix" practice piece not enhanced by cropping.|
Not the travel stitching along the outer perimeter of the block,
thus avoiding any need to cut and bury threads.
I made the conscientious decision NOT to follow along with Leah when it came to cutting the thread at the end of each line of stitching. My rationale was multiple fold and one that works best for me. First, my block was 18" x 18" and not a full sized quilt. This was one reason why my work wasn't constricted by the throat (the space to the right of the needle, between the needle and the machine.) Second, I opted to quilt this on my George that has a 20" throat versus my Bernina that only has an 8" throat. I have near zero tolerance for cutting and therefore having to bury thread even with the aid of a cheater needle. Instead I ran off the edge of the quilt at the end of each line of stitching and sewed to where I needed to be next alone the outer perimeter where the travel stitching would be hidden by binding. Much easier and faster!
|Back of "Matrix"|
|Detail of "Matrix's" Back|
Once again, I am left with a feeling of close enough. I should be able to "fake" this pattern as needed.