This time I worked from her first book, Free Motion Quilting with Angela Walters. I think I have a slight preference for her second book mostly because I love the structure and organization of it. But this book has some great designs as well. Here is my finished practice square.
As before, this practice square will double as an older sibling gift for an upcoming baby shower. This time I outline stitched the entire name instead of just an initial. Then I started on the left of the 'H' with those great funky filled in squares. I love these squares!!
Next I tackled the flowers, which I have always wanted to do and never been able to figure out how. Angela's diagrams and instructions were so easy to follow that I was able to fill a big space with various size flowers without even having to plan it out much.
The pulleys were also really fun although I did have to think about putting the end pulley at least a 1/4 inch in from the edge so the binding wouldn't cut it off.
Then I finished with what Angela called a fern feather and some pebbles in the corner. I used a Superior King Tut thread again that was fabulous! I love how the variegated colors show up on this solid background. The black and white binding was left over from another project and made this a quick and simple finish.
I learn something every time I do one of these practice squares/mini quilts. It is so much easier to master the motion of a design when you aren't fighting the weight and drag of a larger quilt, even a baby quilt. I have three more of these made up and ready to go. And I haven't tried all the designs in these wonderful books yet. So thanks for stopping by today and stay tuned for more!
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