In the spring I picked up the book "First Steps to Free-Motion Quilting "by Christina Cameli. What I like about this book is that she has simple projects that you can start practicing on. One of the beginner projects is a bowl that you start by tracing an outline of a circle and then fmq a spiral starting in the middle. Although it is listed as a beginner project I had my doubts that a free motion spiral would be easy, although to her credit she says you can use any pattern you are comfortable with. Here is a picture of one of the two spirals I worked on. It started out o.k. in the middle but definitely got more difficult as the spiral got larger.
Although I wasn't totally satisfied with this spiral I was having a lot of fun so pulled out a practice sandwich and started playing around. Here is a sampling of the results.
My practicing seemed to be going pretty well. My comfort level has gone up quite a bit. I'm very happy with the pebbles. Christina includes a pattern for a pillow using a pebble design so I will most likely work on that in future . There are quite a few projects in her book that I think would be great little projects to practice on.
I moved on to something functional but simple. I work in a store and we often put out samples for customers on wooden t.v. trays. Over time the trays have gotten scratched so I decided to make mats to cover the scratches. My boss asked for a food theme and I happened to have some apple fabric in the stash bought for a project I never got around to. Here's a close up of the quilting on one of them. It's a simple edge to edge pattern included in the book.
These were not the most exciting projects but definitely low investment so good for practice. I just might get to putting the binding on these little mats today in which case I will be hand stitching some binding, or I may hand baste a few more hexies. Here are the latest additions to my growing hexie pile.
These bring the count up to 25. Once again linking up to Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathysquilts and the Monday Morning Star Count at Life Under Quilts