How will I quilt it???

Yesterday I posted about picking and marking the quilting design for the MQG fabric challenge.

But, there were still a few decisions to make, so I wanted to practice first!! I drew off the basic design on some waste muslin…..

….and sat down at the machine.

My first decision was what to quilt in the rim around the outside. I want to fill it in with some design and there are TOO many to choose from!!

My first thought was straight lines…..

But I am going to add a lot of straight-line stitching in the background and am concerned that it may be TOO many lines!!

Next, I tried circles but they will be too hard to keep even…..

How about some loops or zig-zags….

Maybe “ribbon candy”??

….but definitely NOT Wishbones…..

After all of my tries, I am still not sure…..

…although I am leaning toward the ribbon candy. BUT, as I look at this photo, I am drawn to the “arrow” design at the upper left!!

Next, I started quilting the arcs, including trying to give the lines a little more weight…..

After a while, I decided to forget the circles…..

….and then I decided that I might double the arcs to fill it in more….

IF I have time, I might add some beads to each of the intersections, although that will be 140+ beads…..do I have time for that???

I pulled out my bead collection……

…..and picked some colors that work with the fabrics…..

I tried attaching them (without the stitching showing on the back)…..

OKAY….I think that this might work!!!

My final thought is to add a circle of fabric to the center of the web. That way I won’t have to worry as much about where the lines intersect in the center. I would applique it AFTER I do the quilting…..

…..and maybe a few beads on top of it…..we will see!!!

So I think that I have done as much practice as I can so it is time to start quilting!!!

But before I can do ANYTHING, I have to clean a bit…..

Join me tomorrow!!

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Challenge continued…..

Last Sunday I shared the final piecing process for the MQG fabric challenge quilt……

Now it was time to think further about the quilting.

I plan to quilt a Dream Catcher and some feathers in the negative space. My original idea was to free-form the Dream Catcher, but then I started looking at pictures that I had downloaded and came across this one…..

I wouldn’t use the extra small one, but I liked the design on the main one and the feathers.

Next step was to enlarge it to a size that would work with the piece…..

To further test the design, I drew it out on “Quilters Preview Paper” (product review next Tuesday)…..

…..and then used a lightbox……

….to trace it onto the top……

Before I start quilting, I want to do some practicing…….

Come back tomorrow and join me!!!

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Carving out FMQ Designs…..

For the last few days, I have been showing some of the art that I enjoyed at the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen.

In the Greek/Roman section, I came across a carving that was a wealth of new Free-Motion Quilting Designs!!

This was the carving…..

….and no, it doesn’t look like much!!!

But, as I looked closer, I found so many fun designs…..

What about columns of curvy lines mixed in with swirls or rosettes?

This is a simple cross-hatch but I sometimes need to be reminded that simple is GOOD!!

And this medallion would fit into many open areas……

These flowers remind me of some filler designs that I have used before……

But the designs that I liked best were these feathers…..

…..or how about these feathers and fringe……

This reminds me of a simple stipple……

….although it might be interesting to divide the open space into sections and stipple each a bit differently!!

Anyway…..I truly enjoyed picking apart this fairly dull carving to find lots of new designs!!

Tomorrow we will look at some of the sculptures in the Glyptotek……come back!!

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What do you see???

I am writing this post on my phone so it will be short and sweet!!

Yesterday I told you about my very long day of sightseeing in Copenhagen so today I thought I would give you a preview of what I saw!!

As I walked through one set of galleries, my eye was distracted by the floors in each gallery. This was one of my favorites….

What do you see here???

I see a wonderful FMQ design!!!!!

Linda (one of my readers) had mentioned using the symmetry setting in Procreate, so I spent a few minutes playing with this design…..

It definitely loses something in translation, but it certainly gives an idea of what can come of this floor inspiration!!!

So tell me, do you see “quilty” things when you travel??

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Intentionally practicing a new design!!

Today we are working through another one of Dorie Hruska’s designs from her book “Floral Confetti”…

If you missed the initial post and video about using this book, you can find it here….

I am happy with how it worked out and can’t wait to show you……

As I said in the video, I am looking forward to using this design (and maybe some others of hers) to fill in some LARGE squares!

Also in the video, I floated the idea of “intentional practice”. This involves trying to do my VERY best, even if the piece is just for practice.

Do you use “intentional practice”?


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