Participants who take the pledge to improve their quilting and complete the monthly challenge (regardless of the quality of the work) are entered into a monthly prize drawing. To be entered to win a prize I have to complete the challenge, blog about it, and then submit a link to the above host site. I'm always up for the chance to win free sewing supplies! I particularly like that the emphasis for this challenge is not on winning prizes but improving skills. I'm in!
February's challenge was a free motion feather/plume. Here are some before and after shots of my first and second attempts.
|1st attempt-just going for it. It was MUCH harder than I had anticipated to control everything!|
|Second attempt, after drawing practice|
|Back of Block. Still having some thread tension issues.|
The first one was done with no marking, and no advanced practice. It's terrible! The second feather was also stitched on unmarked fabric but after I had spent an hour or so drawing the design on paper. I went through A LOT of paper. Then I had a "duh" moment and started using a drawing app and stylus with my ipad.
I want my feathers to be fat (more like the first picture) and although my second attempt was more controlled than my first, I still have much practice to do before I am confident enough to stitch this onto a quilt. Fortunately, I still have the rest of the month to practice!