I found this week's theme for Project Quilting very difficult -- Bigger Than a Breadbox. The only requirement was that it had to be 9 x 17 inches or larger. Oh my...where to start?? The possibilities were endless, but I had no idea what to do.
About mid week, I thought about making a tote bag -- it's functional, and I'd get some use of it. I'm trying to get quilts out of my house, and I have no need for yet another mini. My plan was to make the tote bag on Saturday, but I was not excited or motivated by the thought of making it. So I procrastinated and worked on another project.
Time was running out. I finally decided on a simple strip quilt where I could practice my free-motion quilting. I sewed together ten 2.5-inch strips from my binding scrap box. The motifs are a combination of ones that I'm comfortable with and new ones. The challenge was fitting the motifs into the narrow 2-inch strip and trying new motifs.
First row - a mix of stipple and loops
Second row - wishbones
Third row - stars and loops
Fourth row - flowers and loops
Fifth row - boxy stipple
Sixth row - small and large elongated loops
Seventh row - square stipple (but don't make a box)
Eighth row - triangle stipple
Ninth row - sparkler/snowflake motif that I borrowed from Leanne @ Devoted Quilter
Tenth row - spirals
So now I have a 20 x 20 inch visual to help me decide on what quilting motif to use on quilts and to show me where I need to improve.
As much as I hate to "waste" supplies, this was a good exercise. I will definitely make a larger piece in the future and practice again.