Quilts and Other Stuff from Frances

Its Spring….lets quilt flowers!!

As I mentioned in a previous post this week, I was able to spend a LOT, LOT, LOT of time in my studio this past weekend. It was a fun bit of relaxation during a hectic work time and did so much for my morale….at least until I had to go back to work on Monday!!

At the end of my mini retreat, I spent a bit of time working on some FMQ patterns and, for some reason, felt really free with the designs and not as uptight as I had been previously.

I started looking thru the usual books for ideas and then remembered a notebook that I had put together years ago that held copies of designs from various workshops that I had taken. In particular, back in 2000, my guild brought Caryl Bryer Fallert in for a 2-day workshop. I was in heaven as I sat under her tutelage and loved the fact that she was willing to share many of her designs with us.

As I looked thru these pages, I was drawn to a simple fill-design with daisies….one of my FAVORITE flowers (as my bridal bouquet can attest)…..

Okay…a little off-topic….back to quilting…..

I started out by drawing it on paper…..

….and quickly realized that they were easier to draw if I left out the center circle and instead had the petals just meet in the middle.

Before I began working on the machine, I made a few adjustments that I had been thinking about. Firstly, I had felt that the fabric was jerky as I was sewing, making it hard to get a smooth line, and I finally realized that I needed to lower the presser foot so that it came into better contact with the fabric. FIRST problem solved.

Secondly, I felt that the fabric was dragging some on the machine so I set out to FIX that problem. The machine surface has a dip around the throat-plate and often the fabric would stick there….particularly when I was quilting on an edge…..

The solution was to pull out my “Supreme Slider” to cover the offending edge…..

This also helped to allow the fabrics to slide freely!!

Now…on to the flower stitching!!

It was fun to do, easy to keep even and a happy fill pattern!!

Just the thing for a gorgeous Spring Day!!

Once again….FMQ Boot Camp will be here in April….stay tuned for more information!!!

5 thoughts on “Its Spring….lets quilt flowers!!

  1. Frances I am excited about fm boot camp. I can start Monday 19. The free motion on my old white on white quilt is not perfect but I am liking what I did. It is a beginning and has given me confidence.

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