We are MOVING IT!!!

MOVE IT…..a Free-Motion Boot Camp has been up and running for 2 weeks and people are telling me that they are enjoying the practice and are getting more comfortable with new FMQ designs.

I am working hard to stay a few weeks ahead and am really enjoying learning new designs myself. This is where I am at this point….

I am sure happy with how this looks, even using the contrasting thread which means you can see each and every mistake!!!

But just look at the back where I used matching threads and fabrics…..

MOVE IT!! is an 8-week Boot Camp that you can start at any time. Each week I present two or more new designs to try with the idea that we add each design to our “toolbox”. This way, when a pattern says “Quilt as Desired”, we have LOTS of ideas!!!

If you are interested in joining, you can sign up HERE!!!

I hope that you will join me!!

Winning with meandering flowers

The next step in Angela Walter’s Flora and Foliage Quilt-A-Long is the flower meander. In her introduction video, she promised that this was an easy design and she was exactly right!!!

We started with a basic “chrysanthemum” type of flower…..

I kept finding that I was bobbing my head with each one of the “bounces”. I am sure that it looked funny, but since the quilting was working well, I didn’t really care how it looked!!!

Then she suggested echoing the “petals” and I love the look that it gives…..

This photo reminds me of a 17th century wig.

The next meander used simple wavy lines to quilt the flowers. It was an even faster and easier way to create this design!!! Check out this video (from my guild retreat room) to see just how easy it was…..

I made up my own design for a portion of the flower….using wavy lines to echo around the flower center……

This photo gives you a good look at all of the flower meander designs that I tried…..

If you like the wavy flowers and lines, you might be interested in “MOVE IT!…a Free-Motion Quilting Bootcamp”. Those two designs are covered in the second week!!! Remember it is FREE!!

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Free Motion Friday and the Leafy Meander

Well, I wrote this post once but it disappeared so here we go again!!!

Today it was time to once again attack the Flora and Foliage Quilt-A-Long from Angela Walters. I had lost momentum and frankly was scared of the next design. Those two emotions go a long way to turning a WIP (work in progress) into a UFO (Unfinished Object)!!!

I re-watched Angela’s video about the leafy meander and decided to practice on another piece. I was relatively happy with it so moved on to the designated top.

And, you know what, it wasn’t all that hard!!!!

My biggest problem was wanting to get smaller as I approached limited space areas. I had to keep reminding myself to quilt half-leaves rather than a bunch of smaller ones!!

Next, she wanted us to try the pattern as a paisley rather than a leaf. The only real difference is that you have a rounded top rather than a point…..

Next was using the leaf shape to fill in one side of an area. I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to keep the shapes even so I lightly drew the design in…..

But once I started sewing, I couldn’t see the markings so ended up doing it free hand anyway. It turned out okay…..

There was another of these to do but the curves were bending out to the opposite side. With many of these designs, I really struggle to make the two sides match and I was having a hard time figuring out which way to sew next. I solved the problem by using my finger to “sketch” the shape several times before I started sewing…..

This simple movement made it easier to sew!!!

Next was to make larger leaves and fill them in with some other design. I found this harder to do because I had trouble placing the larger leaves into the design. If I was doing a larger area, I would probably mark where I wanted those large leaves to land.

Finally, she wanted us to do a fern type of design. I started out drawing it on my white board and one of the ladies at my retreat walked by and said “that isn’t working is it!!” She was right!!! I kept reviewing the video from Angela, kept drawing it over and over and finally ended up with something resembling her design……

I took it to the machine and was really pleased with the final result…..

I guess that practice really is the key!!!

If you haven’t already, please join me for

MOVE IT!!….a Free-Motion Quilting Bootcamp

It is 8 weeks of FMQ designs to try and is all free….free…..free!!

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Worry about gaps….not mistakes

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I have been participating in Angela Walter’s Free-Motion Quilting Challenge called “Flora & Foliage”. It is not too late to join, so check it out HERE if you are interested.

When I last posted, I had been working on the first design…..a simple woodgrain filler. BUT, I ran out of thread before I finished it.

The next week I purchased the needed threads with the idea of finishing it on the weekend….one week after I had started it. BUT, a NASTY 3-day stomach flu meant that it was over TWO weeks before I got back to the design.

As I started quilting, I realized that I was pretty much lost and couldn’t remember exactly how to work the design in a column but I kept on going.

The AMAZING thing is that, when you look at the finished product, you can’t really tell when I was “out to sea”!!

One of the things that Angela reiterates is that you will notice a gap in the quilting long before you will notice an error and this example certainly proves her point!!

So this is where I am at the moment…….

Unfortunately, Angela has already presented the next TWO quilting designs so I really need to get caught up!!

I have watched the videos for the second design and am completely overawed by it…..guess I need to…….

Sign ups for my “Free Motion Quilting Boot-Camp” start tomorrow so come back for more information!!

Free motion straight lines

WELL….”sort of” straight lines!!!

This week I decided to try doing a triangle filler pattern, using a design that I had saved out of a Quilting Arts Magazine…..

I have tried using straight-line designs before but always ended up quilting myself into a corner!!! I slowed down and gave this one a good try……

There were still a few lines that didn’t turn into triangles, but I was okay with it!!

But I decided that it looked a little bland, so I quilted OVER my original stitching and added some pebbles….

It was good practice for me to have to travel over all of those lines and I love the additional texture that comes with the pebbles!!!

I promise that “MOVE IT!!!”….a free-motion boot camp is coming!!! I finally finished with tax season and then proceeded to get sick so it has been a bit slower to get things moving. Keep watching here for more information or subscribe to my newsletter HERE…..