I was inspired this last week when I went to the LaConner Quilt and Textile Museum and saw a piece there that was made by Cathy Erickson (no relation, but she's also a member of CQA.) Cathy's quilt on display had won the best machine quilting for the LaConner International QuiltFest last October, and it's no surprise. Cathy has some of the most beautiful micro-quilting that I've ever seen. If you're not aware of micro-quilting, it is quilting designs in miniature... almost microscopic. Lines may be as close as 1/16" apart. In general, you need to use lighter weight threads to get this incredible lace-like effect.
To get some practice, I started with one of my favorite blogs, Leah Day's Free Motion Quilting Project and found her instructions and video on Microstippling. I did a sampler using Leah's instructions and then made several samples of micro-quilting, using different pattern ideas... one with a squared edge stipple, one like grasses, one irregular stripes (like the zebra) and another grid pattern. I looked at each of them alongside my zebra and then chose one for my quilting background. Which one do you think I picked? Tune in next week....
I also found from Leah's site a wonderful blog which shares work in progress each Wednesday. It's called "Freshly Pieced". Make sure to check it out!
Tonight I spent a little time thinking about my next design. As you may know, I've had windmills and the Moulin Rouge on the brain for many years. Since the late 19th century, the Moulin Rouge has been an inspiration for artists. It has symbolized the bohemian lifestyle and served as a gateway to Montmartre, the neighborhood in
I think getting started is the hardest part... I feel a little bit of trepidation about whether I'll be able to sustain my production or not. Anyone else sharing this fear? I can't wait to see what you create!