This week I am working thru the “Favorite Fillers” week in Angela Walters “Filler FMQ Challenge”.
A number of these have appeared in previous challenges so most of it was simply practice rather than trying to learn new designs.
First of all, isn’t this a luscious color of thread…..
It was so much fun to quilt with!!
The first design is the leafy meander. When I used this design previously, I kept getting stuck in corners so I first drew it out on a whiteboard to see if I could remember how to avoid that…..
Stitching the design was easy……
….and I was very happy to end up on the other side of the block (without planning it)…..
Next was the Paisley Meander…..
Again, I have done this enough before to feel okay about it.
A bit into this block, I realized that I was having some tension issues…..
Doesn’t that give you a sinking feeling in your stomach??
I checked the back and realized that I needed to loosen my top tension a bit. That quickly fixed the problem.
I have actually struggled with tension on this project but I think the problem is related to the fabric that I used on the back. Since this was a practice piece, I used a “faux” batik that had been given to me. It looked okay but I don’t think that the quality was quite up-to-scratch!!
The next design was new to me!! You start by quilting a pod…..
….and then fill the pod….with peas in this case…..
Another pod just held a line running thru it……
I used a swirl to fill around the pods…..
This was a small area for this design but I do want to try it again in a much larger area!!
Next were clamshells.
I had done clamshells with a ruler before, but had never tried them free-hand.
It was a LOT of fun to bounce from top to top!!!
But the real fun came when we started stacking them on top of one another to make a pyramid….
Then the open areas were filled with elongated swirls, with another set of clamshells on top.
I am not super happy with the swirls and really struggled to make them flat so that I could add the second set of clamshells.
Again, I think that this pattern needs more room to grow into.
Wouldn’t it be amazing in a sky or BIG background?
At this stage, my brain was “quilted out” so I took a breather. Come back tomorrow for more of Angela’s “Favorite Fillers”!!
6 thoughts on “FMQ Fun…..again!!”
Wow, Frances! You’re a quilting ninja! Beautiful work.
Thanks Angela. I feel like I am getting better but am still uncomfortable picking designs for quilts.
You really are becoming very skilled with your quilting. I agree that the hardest part sometimes is choosing the design.
Thanks Karen. I am sure learning a lot and,most importantly, having fun !!
You are doing great!