Last year I decided that I was going to branch out from my usual random curly free motion quilting and build up my repertoire - I managed to get proficient at one more wave type, but that was it. So the other day when I found SewCalGal's Free Motion Quilting Challenge, I thought hmmmm. This could be the push I need. So far, so good! I watched Frances Moore's video on sewing a leaf pattern, worked on some scrap fabric, and was ready to go.
So I decided the best piece to continue practicing a new stitch on is a placemat. And it just so happens that one of our cats needs a new mat for her food! I found a scrap piece of fabric in my stash that was about 14 by 18 inches, layered it with a piece of quilt batting in the middle (you could also use fusible felt) and quilted it in the leaf pattern. This fabric is a little busy, so it's hard to see the leaves!
I bound it with bias tape .... (see this past post for making your own)
... and Raven had a new place mat! If you're new to free motion quilting, check out this past post.
February's quilting challenge definitely looks challenging ....
Happy Creating! Deborah