We all have one, that comfort zone.
We know what we like and what we're good at.
Sometimes it's hard to wander from that for fear of failure.
My comfort zone in free motion quilting is meandering in smooth lines or meandering in squared off lines/boxes.
I purchased Angela Walters book, Free Motion Quilting, on November 21, 2012. I've looked at it many times. I've ooohhhh-ed and ahhhhhh-ed over it. I thought a few times that maybe I could do it but I chickened out every time.
Until my last quilt. I wanted to do something different. So I practiced for a bit to see if I could get the basics of it down.
I chose her flower pattern...
This was my first picture. It's a bit hard to see but I used the variegated yellow thread in Tula Pink's collection by Aurifil. I need the rest of this collection..just saying.
Here is my flower on the orange print in Piper by Dear Stella.
One more shot showing that I made my flowers kinda big...hahaha!
I really love how it turned out. None of the flowers are the same size and they are certainly not perfect, but flowers in real life are equally as imperfect.
So based on this...the fact that I can do this, so can YOU. I'm putting a challenge out there to all of you. Whether it be in regards to quilting or not, take a step outside of that zone we so deeply cherish. It's really not that bad and you might find that you kinda like it. ;)
Oh, I know I've only shown a few peeks of this quilt...but don't worry. You'll see the whole thing very soon!!! Promise!