Back in September, I posted the photos taken as Part I of the Bonus Tutorial presented by Susan Brubaker Knapp for SewCalGal's FMQ Challenge . You can see that post here.
The focus of Susan's tutorial was to find quilting design inspiration from everyday objects in one's own environment. This Bonus Challenge has been inspirational and fun from the very beginning, and as you're about to see, also very challenging, at least to this novice!
I decided to attempt creating a quilting design from two photos, one more successfully than the other, at least for the time being. The first one was from this photo of a wall plaque we found in a back corner of a local garden art shop many years ago. I've always loved this rather rustic rendition of the Menorah.
The second photo that was crying out to be stitched is this one:
As for the Menorah piece, I'm now undecided whether to continue ripping out the unacceptable areas, or rather to start all over again. I'm tending toward starting again and using the 40 weight Aurifil for the outlining since I'm really liking how it defines the shapes. The filler shapes could then be completed with the 50/2 weight thread. But, before anything else is decided I HAVE to get back to completing the two large quilts that need to be finished before November 30! Not to mention tackling the other tardy monthly FMQ challenges. I'm thinking it's going to be pretty busy in my little sewing room come December!
Many thanks to Susan Brubaker Knapp for this interesting and fun bonus tutorial! I really enjoyed every minute of it - well, except maybe those couple of hours already spent ripping out those teeny tiny stitches! Thanks SewCalGal for this year of intensive FMQ learning - I for one sure hope it doesn't end in December - hint, hint!!