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Paisley Tryouts

Created in this Craftsy Course

Machine Quilting Negative Space taught by Angela Walters

Turn your quilt's negative space into positively fabulous designs! Angela shows how to complement pieced sections with motifs and texture.

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Category Quilting
Style Whimsical, Casual
Twinmommy070502 on

What materials did you use? Pen, Paper, imagination and whimsy

Twinmommy070502 on

This was the first time I managed to make these Paisley designs and like how they worked out! Following you really helped out! I wondered if you could touch on the different challenges faced by a domestic machine quilter versus long arm quilter in effecting these designs. I mean... quilting on a home machine you have to move the quilt to create the design and with a long arm you move the machine and some flourishes or cute little flicks at the ends of leaves are so much more easy to do with a long arm and I wondering how to train our brains to make those same movements while moving the big bulky quilt instead of the wonderfully smoothly dancing roller guided machines of beauty that I covet so much!! Thanks so much for your course, I am loving every second and learning so much from you!

09/05/2012 Flag

A longarm quilting machine does move easily, but that doesn't mean that you can't do the designs just as easily. I am assuming that you have all the basic FMQ supplies: a slider, gloves, extended base table? Those will make a huge difference! Also, someone else in this class said that they like to keep a pillow in their lap to keep the quilt from pulling. Having a large table will help too. Anything to keep the quilt from pulling down. It really all just comes down to practice! Keep it up! Like I said in a blog post. There is an "aha moment" where it all comes together. Quilt long enough and you will get there!!

09/06/2012 Flag

Your paisley's look fantastic. I too use a domestic machine and I have found that after drawing the design over and over when it comes time to actually quilt the design it is embedded in your brain (muscle memory?). Even though the action is different (ie moving quilt instead of pen) my brain knows the shapes and it seems to work out ok. Mind you I haven't tested this on a big quilt - only practice sandwiches. I might change my mind when I do finally get the courage to do a 'real' quilt!!!

09/06/2012 Flag

It is so true!!! You just need to learn where to go next!!!

09/06/2012 Flag

Thanks Curlyque Sue - I was hoping that it woul dget better as I continue to build those muscle memories I am glad to hear from another Domestic Machine user to be sure I know I will get there someday. :)

09/08/2012 Flag

They are beautiful! Love the contrasst too! Yes with smaller thing manouvering is much more easier. This is why I will quilt a big one as soon as I finished the things in progress, Hopefully it will be step to even bigger things. I have quilted really big things on my domestic machine but I tend to space quilting much more and will try a denser one on a bigger quilt to see how it feels on my shoulders. :).

09/06/2012 Flag

Thanks Ralitza! I guess I should have mentioned that is done with pen and paper - i did list in the materials what I used but should have said in my comments. Angela encouraged us to show our drawing if we were following along and thjis was the first time they flowed nicely and I like the shape I ended up with! I'll let you all know when I am brave enough to do it on a quilt!! :)

09/06/2012 Flag

Yes, I knew it is drawing /b the list :)/ I just commented too short on your domestic machine thoughts as I have the same and have not prepared a top that is big enough yet.

09/06/2012 Flag

Imagining this is crochet.

09/06/2012 Flag

That is great!!!!! You are off to a great start!!!

09/06/2012 Flag

Thanks so much fro responding to my post. You instructors are all so wonderful not only to give of your time to make these great videos but to help us along and chat with us as well its make for great learning and I cant thank you enough.. You asked below if I had all the helpful tools to make my free motion quilting better and I do indeed. I followed a great YouTube tutorial about creating an easy and economical quilting extension table for any domestic machine "" and it covers the table in vinyl so the whole quilt is supported and moves like silk, I also use Ann Peterson's tip and traded out my quilting gloves for those grip liners she uses and it works amazing! I have notice a great improvement in my free-motion quilting using these great tips from Craftsy and You Tube!!!

09/08/2012 Flag