I took the free motion quilting challenge, which for January was "leaves". I used variagated thread and put them in the place I thought they would be most appropriate on my AAQI quilt - the treetop. 8)
Frances Moore's leaf tutorial was excellent. I played a bit with a practise quilt sandwich, then let loose on the real thing. This is going to be an apple tree; I've already bought the red beads. I enjoyed taking one of the dots on the tree trunk and turning it into a knot. My free-motion quilting is never perfect, but I'm pleased with these results. Now I just have to finish the rest of the quilt.