Sunday, July 22, 2012

Quilting Along With Leah Day - Week 23

The latest assignment from Leah Day could have been custom designed for me. The goal was to Branch Out, both literally and figuratively. It was back to free motion quilting, but with a new pattern.

Week 23 Assignment - Branch Out

The technique to create branches is something I have been doing for years. Note the branches in a detail from my piece "Little Lake Butte des Morts in Summer."

Detail from
"Little Lake Butte des Morts in Summer"

The difference between what I did in my piece and what Leah has us doing this week, is that her branches are creating an all over pattern and the lines are straight versus organic.

Close-up Showing the Free Motion Quilting Design
Branch Out

I had fun selecting a my a fabric and then thread to use as my background. The fabric looks very contemporary, but it is close to 20 years old.

Back Side of Branch Out Assignment

I used a variegated poly from Marathon's collection. It blends wonderfully with the background vegetation, so well that it is hard to pick out until you see the close up or the back.

Close-up of the Back Side Showing the Travel Stitches


  1. You could have taught this lesson!! Excellent quilting and love that fabric!!! Hugs, Doreen

    1. Thank you, Doreen. I have taught machine quilting on occasion. I particularly enjoying teaching people who have never tried it before.

  2. Yeah wow, your travel stitching is something to be admired. Leah is right about practice, and your a wonderful example of that. I just checked out Little Lake Butte des Morts in Summer... Woe, that is an amazing quilt.

    1. Thank you, Sam. I started quilting shortly after my oldest started kindergarten. She turned 32 years old this year and in September, my oldest grandchild starts kindergarten. I didn't have much time to practice when my own children were young, but I did take advantage of naps and school to dash into my studio. There continue to be competing demands for my time. I still practice the habit started as a young mother, I set aside time each week to be in my studio. Sometimes I even take advantage of an extra or two when it comes my way.

  3. Nice job on your quilting. That turned out beautifully!

  4. That looks great...I like the texture that this design creates. I can see that you have done this before. Your sample looks far more integrated and 'hanging together' than mine and makes you appreciate the texture of it much better.

  5. Thank you, Christa and Karin. Believe, my first stabs at machine quilting were so discouraging that it is a miracle that I returned to it multiple times over multiple years. Then I read an article by Robbi Joy Ecklow suggesting practicing on felt versus a quilt sandwich. This was VERY liberating for me. I wasn't "ruining" fabric or my quilt. Once my feet and hands were in synch I was off and quilting.