I've really enjoyed doing this, it's much easier going then large pieces so you can do really intricate work. Plus there's the added bonus of being able to try out different ideas and finishing them off quite quickly. Here's the first square I started with, using a closely spaced vertical line filler:
This project all started when I purchased a book by Don Quinn, Sophisticated Stitches. Just a side note: if you buy the ebook, as I did, I'd recommend buying it from the publishers (C&T publishing, follow the link) who sell it as a pdf which you can print, rather then from amazon who will sell you a lovely kindle file which you can admire on your screen and will require a herculean effort to extract onto paper! Whoo, lengthy side-note. Back to the book, it's fully of lovely motifs, and I was keen to try one out so I thought I'd try it out on a small square. It was a little dull on it's own so I added a filler and I was amazed to see how it came to life (I also really love the fabric colour). I'm not convinced the photos do it justice, so you'll have to take my word for it!
I really enjoy the way the motif puffs up and gains so much depth against the heavily quilted background. I've recently started another Craftsy course and they tell me this effect is called "faux trapunto", the effect of trapunto, without the effort. I'm definitely a fan. You can see in the next photo the difference before and after the background is added (and yes, they are different motifs! I forgot to take a photo before I filled.)
And here's a slightly skewed close-up of those pebbles:
I've decided to do a collection of motifs from the book with different fillers, then do a larger square with a more complicated design to complete the project. I've still got a way to go on this one but I might have been temporarily distracted by other projects of which there'll be more news later...
But back to this project, my last square uses a great little fill I found on Leah Day's Free Motion Quilting Project called Circuit Board, I was quite surprised how well this one came out.
Well that it's from me for now, would love to hear from you and see what quilting projects you've been working on over the Summer (or Winter, location dependent!).