In this workshop, everything is meant to be freehand and fun. That includes the free-motion quilting. Well, I am not new to machine quilting, but I have all kinds of new ideas from Pamela Allen to quilt in a few surprises. She says this is to keep herself amused and interested in the project. I think it adds some fun for the viewer, as well. For example, on Pamela's quilt featuring a bride, she quilted in a fish and some eyeballs. (By the way, this quilt is made for a novel featuring an art quilter who admires Pamela's work!) See Pamela's website for more details. I just requested this book from our library.
Well, with the fabrics and threads I chose for the front, most of the quilting motifs do not show. But check out the back!
The cursive writing at the bottom says, "freedom". I also included the word FUN on the side.
The quilting does not have to be limited to filling in a certain shape, but can flow out from it. Thus I have a bird whose body sort of conforms to the roundness of the vase, but whose head and tail feathers stick out. Notice the cat and other folksy figures, including a fish just for Pamela.