Is the title of a book written by Victoria Findlay Wolfe/”Bumblebeans”. I do not own this publication, but the premise is that even spending a brief 15 minutes at the machine doing FMQ (free motion quilting) will have great results. A while back I decided to try to do “some” doodle quilting each day, no matter how brief the time allotment I had. I really couldn’t do it every day but doing it with some regularity helped me become more and more comfortable with the whole process and allowed me to venture into motifs that I had seen but not tested/tried out myself. These moments gave me the opportunity to test out, and possibly refine, designs that didn’t have the “pressure” of being needed for an immediate quilt finish. Not having that sense of “urgency to create” for a specific quilt is extremely ‘freeing’ and relaxing.
I have been playing with the stitching known as “McTavishing”. It’s name derives from a style of quilting that Karen McTavish introduced some years ago. Its free-flowing lines are a glorious background fill or feature in themselves. More on her designs may be found here and here.
The second photo started out to have the goal of 15 minutes but quickly stretched to 45!!!!! The first photo is closer to the 15 min. goal. It’s totally addictive!!!!!!!!
Over at Amy’s Free Motion Quilting Adventures, she has been posting a Monday link-up for all those who are practicing her current series on McTavishing. Hop on over to her place for others’ examples who are participating in this sew-along. Feel free to join us!!!!!!