Monday, May 31, 2010

Free Motion Challenge - The final day

It's my final day of the Free motion challenge. I can honestly say, that I'm a far better machine quilter for doing the challenge. Many thanks to Joanne and Wendy for hosting this challenge. The challenge is over, but the machine quilting is not. I have a few practices pieces to finish up, then bind. I'll show you them when I'm done. Next I need to sew some things so that I can machine quilt them...

Anyway, I couldn't wait to try my variegated Aurafil threads that I came home with on Friday. So since this is the last day of my Free Motion challenge, I thought I'd try out my new threads. I did learn a bit while testing them out.

This first picture, I'm using a 28/2 wt Mako variegated thread. It is beautiful to sew with and because the thread is a heavier weight than I'm used to it shows up so nice. Even the parts of the thread that are the same color as the background fabric. What I don't think I would do with this thread, is use it when I had to go over my stitches as you would do in pebbles. The heavy thread would make the pebbling look too thready. Here I am trying to combine a few simple free motion patterns to get an all over free motion fill. This actually stressed me out because I got trapped in a corner once.

In this photo, I'm using the Mako 40/2 cotton variegated thread. I really like it as well, and you can see I slipped for a moment and did a feather. But I did it so I could try some bananas around it, which are a more dense filler. This thread is also very nice and noticably lighter than the 28 weight. A good weight for the smaller fillers.

It was a good exercise for me to try the different weight threads. Early on in the challenge I learned that I would probably not enjoy doing free motion with 60 wt thread because of the breakage. It looks like 40 wt, and 28 wt are my comfort zone.

It's been a great challenge girls. Once again, many thanks for hosting.


Linda said...

Congrats on sticking with the challenge. That's awesome. Practice makes perfect!!

Wendy said...

Nicely done! Great bananas!

Joanne said...

Great job!!