One of the questions I have been thinking about while quilting my placemats has been how and when to combine modern walking-foot based techniques with other free motion motifs. In this placemat, I used straight lines with varying spacing, some serpentine lines, but added some free motion motifs in the four patches. I was thinking about the idea of a path through the 4 patches, so I used large pebbles in the yellow patches to give that effect. I echoed the ‘path’ once in yellow then again in green so I could travel on the green if necessary. Overall I like the effect, but I could use more practice on the pebbles and echoing as well as on the walking foot techniques!
Here’s some detail. The green fabric is much prettier than it looks in these pictures!