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And with the requisite waving of arms and tentacles, I tried it. I did it at home. On heavy machinery. Well, actually, it's not my heaviest machine. That would be my mom's old Kenmore that needs a visit to the repair shop and some new parts and which lives under the table. I used my Viking Husquvarna. And I survived.
I did a thread sketch á la Karen M over at RabbitsEatQuilts. Karen has consistently done amazing work with her machine illustrating each week's Creative Cue. So I decided to try it. I am a pretty good free motion quilter, so how hard could it be? Ha! Deceptively difficult. I have appreciated each and every one of Karen's sketches, but now I have an appreciation so deep as to defy description. These are hard.
Last week's Creative Cue was "side" -- as in: side of beef. At least that's what I thought. And this week was "full" -- as in: full of steaks. So, because I am a couple of weeks behind, I am killing two birds with one stone (I really like birds and wouldn't kill them with stones or anything else so don't send me an email about this). I do like steak and occasionally grill one out back, but they come wrapped in see-through plastic and in no way resemble these critters (it's just easier that way). I drive past a field where sometimes these lovely long-horned creatures hang out and I love to stop and snap their pictures. Unfortunately, they all get up and leave when I approach. So I have to shoot fast. I want to make a quilt featuring their wonderful bovine faces. This was the first step.