Anyways, onto the challenge! I was actually incredibly excited when I saw this challenge because I've been wondering how the heck to trace designs onto quilts without a stencil. This method was quick, easy, and inexpensive. My only problem was that I had the "ultra fine point" sharpie and it was so fine that it kept getting stuck in the little honeycomb holes in the tulle. I finally put it away and grabbed a highlighter because it was the only fat marker I had.
|the "stencil" and its tracing onto the practice frabric.|
I think the final version came out pretty darn well! Not perfect, but hey, better than trying to do it with no drawing at all. I actually feel really proud of this, because the last time I tried to trace a drawn design with free motion stitching was in a "mastering machine quilting" class, and it looked really awful. I'm really proud of how non-wobbly the lines are, pretty neat and clean. Not 100% symmetrical, but still, very satisfactory.
Also this was a great sample design to practice because it involved a number of locations where you needed to trace back over existing lines. And you can barely tell at all where I retraced! Woo! I'm just feeling super pumped and excited after completing this tutorial. This block really made me feel like my skills are improving.
I *definitely* want to try this with some feathers, to see if my technique improves by following a drawing. Maybe if I follow a feathered drawing enough times I will be better able to draw some feathers on my own. I am also definitely using this technique for quilting my cat quilt in the next few weeks.
Thank you to Don for the great tutorial!