A couple of weeks ago I posted about Craftsy and the courses that they offer. I bought the Negative Spaces course by Angela Walters.
When I wrote the post I had managed to watch the videos, but not mactually managed to try out her techniques. At first I had worried about using the techniques on a home machine - Angela uses a free motion quilt machine - but her tips for transferring the skills to home machines were spot on!
The course focuses initially on planning. You need to practice with a pen the designs you want to put into the negative spaces on the quilt:
I opted to try out the pebbles on my the elephant quilt I am making. I purposely included lots of negative space to quilt. Angela is very reassuring about using free motion techniques on the negative spaces. Matching the thread to the quilt top means you can focus on adding texture to the quilt, without having to worry about perfection!
My thread is very similar to the top, but darker than the backing fabric so you can see the progress I have made on the quilt:
Using my lovely quilting gloves and Aurifil thread the quilt is coming together brilliantly!
I also had a go at swirls for a mat for my sewing machine:
I still have a couple more classes to take - each one is between 15 and 25 minutes long so there is plenty of into and ideas to digest!