Hey Everyone, welcome back to Stitch Along Sunday and Free Motion Friday.
Now that I am home and have lots of time to spend in my studio I am trying to play catch up with the June Stitch Along Sunday piece. I really like this piece and the way it is shaping up so I didn’t want it to end up in the drawer as another UFO.
Speaking of UFO’s how are your’s coming along – mine, not so good. My plan of 4 a month at the beginning of the year hasn’t worked out so well the past couple of months but maybe I’ll get back on track this month. I certainly am not going to worry about catching up.
The week 3 rules for the June Stitch Along are to add in some quilting. The quilting had to be of the shape you started with the first week and I used squares. To refresh your memory on the first two weeks you can go back and see what I did, June Week 1 and June Week 2. The other stipulation for the stitching was that it had to be in either red, black, blue or purple.
I chose red as I figured it would look the best with the fabrics I used in the circles and squares. I didn’t choose a fancy thread just a 40 wt cotton and used it in both the top and bobbin.
I decided that I wanted to overlap my squares and so I used my three small square rulers to trace around with a Chaco Liner so that I had lines to follow on the background. If I hadn’t had lines to follow I am not sure how square my squares would have been.
I also decided that instead of using the walking foot I would practice stitching straight lines with the free motion foot – a couple had a bit of a curve in them but otherwise I think I did pretty good. Concentration is the key to following a straight line with the free motion foot.
Here is a close up of the stitching. I am very pleased with how the red stitching has turned out and how it looks with the other fabrics.
Now onto week 4 – adding some embellishments. This I am going to have to think about as I am not quite sure what I will do yet.
To see what others did for their June stitch along check out the Gallery on Ruth’s blog. I’ll be back in a few days with the next installment of the June Stitch Along Sunday piece.