Block nine is a darling little block called 'Local Quilt Shop' and was designed by Jane Davidson. I used more scraps to piece it and, although some of the pieces were small, I took my time and it went together very smoothly. I am delighted with the finished block.
As well as my Splendid Sampler blocks I have also been practising my free motion quilting once again. Every year I seem to get this itch to try and perfect this technique and slowly each time I start again I can feel and see an improvement.
I have been following some Craftsy classes to help me and the teacher, Christina Cameli, is really encouraging and helpful both through the online classes and answering any questions that you send her a message about.
Last year I worked my way through several of the class exercises and I was pleased with the results. Now, I have taken up where I left off and I am in the process of completing the exercises from the next lesson.
In between, I have also tried out a couple of practice pieces from Christina's book 'First Steps to Free Motion Quilting' and I am planning to try and complete the sampler quilt from the book over the course of this year. Should get plenty more practice doing it!!
I have updated my FMQ Diary page with my latest efforts and will continue to do so through the year. It is quite pleasing to be able to see the progress I am making. I am happy to say it does look as though things are improving!!
NB. I am not affiliated with Craftsy or Christina Cameli but I am determined to perfect my FMQ and I am thoroughly enjoying the classes!