This month's artist, Wendy Sheppard, provided a "jester hat" pattern. Because I'm so behind, I did get to see how everyone else did on it, and I know some people struggled, so I was apprehensive. Here's my first page of sketching; it did not go great.
The trick was figuring out how to transition from one hat to the next, while changing the direction/orientation of the hat. What worked for me was actually tracing Wendy's line drawing to see how she did the transitions. I came up with a system where I alternate up and down hats, as you can see in that top line. Then I just looped it around instead of doing a line.
There were definitely a few tricky spots where I wasn't sure where to go or how to transition.
Here is my completed placemat. The verdict: I LOVE this design! I always enjoy stitching swirls and spirals, and this is a variation on swirls that I can definitely get behind. I really love the texture it give to my placemat; some of the other designs we've done are great if you want to look at the quilting, but for fillers/background quilting they don't provide a ton of texture. This one does the opposite; I mean just take the fact that it photographed so well! I definitely see myself using this in future.
A few close-ups:
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