I have been desperately missing doing something creative but have been so tired in the evenings, and had so much to do on weekends, that I just haven't had the time or energy to do anything.
That all changed today when I attended a 'Feathers and Fillers' free motion quilting workshop hosted by WAQA and facilitated by Sheila Pye. What a fantastic day! It was lots of fun and Sheila was soooo inspirational.
First we did a warm up ...
Don't look too closely. I didn't do a very good job here.
From there we progressed through the day trying different feather and filler patterns. I did get better over the course of the day but I still need a LOT of practice.
|L-R: Hills and valleys, Wide feather stitch with circles, Feather stitch|
|A closed space filled with Feathers and Hills and Valleys|
|My pebbles got better as the day progressed|
|Stitching feathers around the outside of a shape was much more difficult|
|I quite liked the 'Puddle with Fish' design|
Finally, by the last session of the day, I was feeling more relaxed and confident. We had a challenge to try and incorporate a range of things we had learned during the day. I was really happy with my end result, especially given I didn't follow a pattern.
|I started with Hills and Valleys then let my imagination run wild.|
If you would like to see some of Sheila's work you can visit her blog, Pieces of Pye - A machine quilter's passion.
Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to participate in Friday Night With Friends this week but if you would like to see what everyone else got up to you can visit Cheryl's blog here.