Thursday, March 27, 2014

#430 - Free Motion Quilt Alien Eggs

Whoa! This day...well the whole week has really gotten away from me, but I managed to hope on the machine today and stitch out a fun design called Alien Eggs:

This Edge to Center design is a super funky combination of Trailing Tears and Pebbling and is a great choice for the sashing of your quilts. The one thing you want to watch is the spacing of your Alien Eggs - make sure to space them far enough apart so you have room to echo around the egg shape and leave a little background space between.


See what I mean by watching the video for this fun design!


Even if this design looks a little too advanced for you, definitely jump right in and play with these shapes!

One way to build your skill would be to first quilt some Flowing Glass, Trailing Tears, and Pebbling and get practice with all of these designs first, then put them together to form Alien Eggs.

Another thing to remember is that building skill is SO much easier if you're excited and motivated to learn. If you see an advanced design and really, really want to learn how to quilt it, jump right in and give it a try!

There's no rule that says you have to be super skilled just to try out a funky design! The quilt police won't come arrest you for playing and having fun!

So jump right in and give Alien Eggs a try today! Here's a little inspiration to get you started:

I jumped on the machine today and stitched out Alien Eggs into a hair section in this Peaceful Goddess Cheater Panel. By marking a line through the center of the area, I was able to visualize how to fill the shapes evenly into the odd space.
This lock of hair was pretty wide at the base, but fairly narrow up close to her face, so the Alien Eggs had be squished or cut off a bit in the narrow areas.
This pretty goddess design is actually available as printed fabric from Spoonflower. Click here to check it out!

I'm very pleased with the result! It's definitely not perfect, and if I started to nit pick it I'm sure I'd find 100 different ways it could be better. Instead of running down that fruitless path, I'm smiling with joy because I got to play with this design and squeeze a little extra quilting into a very busy day!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

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