I was VERY excited when classes for the Stitch Gathering were announced and it was confirmed I had been allocated a place in Trudi Wood's FMQ class. Trudi discussed the whole process of successful FMQ, including needles, threads, feed dogs, gloves vs. no gloves, which wadding to use and the best way to use it, and how to sit. All that before you've even started - it was fascinating.
It was a short workshop so we were drawing patterns and getting used to making the shapes without lifting the pen off the paper.
These were a couple of my favourites. Since then my work notebooks have been covered in doodles and I tried a new flower technique on my #schnitzelandboominiquiltswap mini (more than on that soon!). It was such a great class and really gave me the confidence to move beyond the stipple!
The next class I took was on cutting freehand - throw down your rulers, they have no place here!
Again, it was a great class for expanding my skills and building on last year's attempt at sewing curves.
I practiced by making blocks for the scrappy block swap I participated in. Here's all my blocks together: