This month the expert was Christina Cameli. I chose to do Option 1 of the Challenge, using designs from Christina's Craftsy Class, The Secrets of Free Motion Quilting.
|Option 1 Pillow, April 2015 FMQ Challenge|
The course was a lot of fun; I learned a lot about the ways designs are made and how that affects the way they fill the space. There were a lot of choices for designs to use. Christina groups the designs into families by the method to produce them. I chose to use designs from three of the families: nestled designs (pebbling), beads on a string, and the echo around family. Each of the families builds in a different way, and recognizing that helps you figure out where to go next. Since that's one of my big challenges with FMQ, I found this course very helpful, I have gone back to review the designs as I worked. It also helps you deconstruct other FMQ designs you see so that you can reproduce them or come up with new ones. Very informative!
Here are the examples of the designs I used.
|Nestled Design Family|
Several styles of pebbling
Be sure to check out the other April entries at Quilt Shop Gal. They're always fantastic. And you can click through from her page to Craftsy. It is really worth looking at, if you haven't before. I would highly recommend Craftsy courses in general, and Christina Cameli's course, The Secrets of Free Motion Quilting.
Have fun quilting. I'll see you next month!