The last weekend in January I had the opportunity to attend a free motion quilting class with Ana Buzzalino. The Lakeside Quilters from Chestermere were offering the class and I was able to attend.
I have always marveled Ana’s talent. She is an amazing talent. Her pieces are amazing and beautiful and I truly love to see them. I’m fortunate that Ana is a member of the quilt guild that I belong to, and am privileged to see her work first hand.
Anyways, that morning I got up, with the blowing snow and freezing temperatures to head to Chestermere. I went slow and cautiously and Clement and I made it in one piece. In case you don’t know, Clement is my Element.
Anyways, Ana’s class was amazing. She got us to baste a 40″x40″ quilt sandwich then divide it into a nine patch, then we used the middle section. I’ve been practicing on these little pieces of sandwiches (quilt top, batting, backing) which are easy to move around, but most quilts are bigger. With the bigger piece we had to learn how to maneuver around fabric.
Here is an example of the different motifs (pattern, idea, design) we used that day in our nine patch.
I really liked the pebbles too, though mine were more like ovals then round pebbles, but what can you do? I need more practice on those because I would really like to use them. The garlic gloves or scallops are also something I would like to try in my quilts, but they need to be a little more rounded. I’ve been doodling them everywhere so one day I’ll get good at them.
Spirals was something I really wanted to love, but I can’t say I do. We were shown two different types. One where you spiraled in, then back out. Another spiraled in and crossed the spiral to get out. I enjoyed the second one much better, but I don’t know how often I will actually use that one – I just didn’t love it.
This was actually my first attempt at the spirals – totally sucked if you ask me.
Ok, I am totally embarrassed to show you this, but I will anyway because it is good to see what you started with. Some of bouncing bananas and some weird S thing that I can’t remember. They needed to be smaller then they were. Again – I won’t be using this often – if ever.
I really liked the cathedral window quilting and have plans to use this, but again more practice is needed. The roof shingles would be really useful as well, smaller I think would be better.
The last thing, after 5 hours, was feathers. I could draw them, well one side of them at least, but I couldn’t get myself locked in the motion for the other side. It was ridiculous. I’m drawing them all over things now and getting better, but I am not consistent at all.
Over all the class was amazing. I learned a ton and am practicing a ton.
Well I have a question actually.
What tips would you have for a beginner learning to free motion quilt?