Friday, November 18, 2011

Free Motion Friday Week 7: H2O

Decades of scientific training were my downfall this week.  It actually made me incapable of stitching little circles attached to one another by little lines.  Why couldn't I disconnect my right brain from my left?  No one knows.  Stupid education.

Leah, of the Free Motion Quilting Project, made this beauty called H2O.  I have to say, this is visually one of my favorite FMQ patterns.  I really could see myself using this one day. 

OK...are you ready?  I'm not sure you are, but I'll toss this out for a good giggle.


I wish I could do the straight lines as single lines.  I don't like it when my stitching goes haywire and you can see both lines.  I also wish I did the circles A) as circles and B) as single loops instead of tracing over myself.

My brain was stuck on the actual chemical structure of water.  There is one oxygen and two hydrogens.  Two bonds per large circle.  And they shouldn't be linked to one another.  This is just chaos.  My brain couldn't separate the quilting motif from my ancient chemistry lectures. 

Moving on.  I have two apologies to make.  We are in the process of moving to a new (to us) house, so the sewing machine has taken a back seat. 

1: I did not have a quiet minute this week to test out the FMQ goodies I received from Leah.  I am sorry.  I just want to dedicate real time to an honest review of the products, so I chose to not squeeze it into this week of craziness. 

2: I will not be able to practice with you for the next two weeks.  I am happy to host the linky, but I will have to drop out of stitching until early Dec.  I will honestly jump right back in once the new house is up and running.

Right.  So, what's next week?  How about Superstar?


Are you feeling lucky?  Well, get stitching my friends! 




Join in the linky below and see what others were up to this week. Spread the encouragement and tips, please!  It's the only way we will learn.  If you need a reminder on the spirit of Free Motion Friday, please read the original post again.


16 comments:

Nicky said...

Cindy you are going to be busy then! But you have picked a nice one for us to do! Your H2O looks a lot better than my attempt last week! I am going to try again as like you I like the look of Leah's effort!

Pat said...

WOW, you are doing great with FMQ! I really struggled with how to space plan this design. I agree it was hard to connect them off of the little oxygen atom. ;)

Toni said...

So glad to hear I'm not the only one who had issues with ignoring the laws of chemistry. I think yours looks great! Good luck with your move, too!

Lynne said...

I truly hope the move goes smoothly for you.

Katy Cameron said...

Hee hee, are you sure that's not HCl or perhaps some CO2? ;o) Sorry, it's mean to mock when I haven't tried (next weekend was the original plan until I discovered the number of days, or lack thereof, until Christmas. I'd somehow imagined it was about 2 months to go...

Good luck with the move, and chat to you on Wednesday :o)

Melissa said...

I think it's hilarious how everyone (myself included) had troubles with linking the molecules ... I seriously almost picked up the thread between each one :) Good luck with your move!!!

Cheree @ The Morning Latte said...

I definately want to try this. I need some variation in my FMQ--I only do a few patterns. Side note: love chemistry!

Jessim said...

I tried H20 a while back and failed miserably. My husband (a chemist) also pointed out the structure was wrong...scientists take things too literally!

I've tried superstar before and it was hard. I got a semi-decent pattern, but keeping everything even was just not my thing. Maybe I need one of those feet that has echo quilting lines on it...

Dianne Neale said...

Csn't make it to the party this week, but will catch up. I have no idea about chemistry, but somehow I think I will struggle! The star looks hard too.
Good luck with the move!

Lynn said...

Very good, well done, next weeks looks like a hoot....

Just to say to Pat and Melissa I can't comment on your blogs (and a few others)but your fmq looks great.

Strawberry Patch said...

Wow they look fab, I am missing fmq-ing with you all so much! We are also moving home and with 2 young children and a dog its been crazy! We move 2 weeks today and I am optomistic that I may be back sewing a week after that, only 3 weeks to wait :(
Good luck with your move!

Manda said...

Argh I am so behind I need to catch up! lol this weekend hopefully! Best of luck with the move! :)

Archie the wonder dog said...

Glad it's not just me that was disturbed by the incorrect structure but I think your attempt looks good, especially as you haven't had much (any?) time to practise. Good luck with the move!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Yours looks great!! I thought this week was a lot of fun :)
Good luck with the move, hope it all goes really well!

Flying Blind... said...

Oh cripes the science talk is frazzling my brain as much as the quilting!!

Susan said...

Good luck with the move - and your molecules are SUPER CUTE. :)

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