First, I tried to follow a line on fabric.
On the back, you can see better (ugh!). My stitches are really small - I need to either let up on my foot speed or move my hands faster.
I also tried to follow a design I marked with chalk. Ignore those lines where I was trying to echo my stitches.
Here's the back.
I tried stitching in the ditch. My stitches are a little better.
Here is the back.
I marked a square spiral and I think I'm doing better!
Here's a closeup. My stitches are much better! WOW!
And a closeup of the back.
Leah Day is a great teacher. She started at the beginning and we are building on our knowledge. We worked on basic stippling shapes, put the shapes together and stippled designs, and worked on the scale of the stippling. Then we quilted on a line and next we are going to quilt around a shape and fill the shape with stippling.
I am learning a lot and practicing a lot. I am nowhere near perfect but I am so much better than I was when I began!
Quilting, like life,
does not have to be perfect to be wonderful.