NEW PROJECT!!!

Yesterday I received a package from “Quilting Is My Therapy” and THAT is always a good thing!!

This time it contained the next installment of Angela Walters’ Free Motion Quilting challenges ….”Free Motion Fillers”.

You don’t have to purchase the fabric to do the challenge, but I love working on pieces that she has designed so I always buy the whole shebang!!

The panel is amazing…..

….as are the “Glide” threads that go along with it……

The challenge starts on June 21st and I am anxiously awaiting the first lesson.

Those of you who read this blog regularly know that I do a lot of FMQ and feel comfortable with most designs so you might wonder exactly WHY I am doing yet another challenge.

I don’t think that you can ever learn too much, so signing up for another FMQ challenge will simply help me to improve my skills further, and improving is always a good thing!!

It’s not too late to join the challenge. Check out her website for more information.

I can’t wait to share the things that I will learn!!

Final Feather Flutterings

Last week I posted about quilting feathers to turn corners on the “Fabulous Feathers Free Motion Quilting Challenge” from Angela Walters.

Today I have two more corners to go……SO EXCITED!!!

This first one is supposed to look like the feather runs off of the corner and then back onto the quilt again.

We started by drawing a few guidelines…..

….and then adding the spine with it leaving the quilt at the guideline corners….

It was fairly easy to quilt and the effect is nice…..

One thing that I love about Angela’s challenges is that she always encourages you to try your own ideas so that is what I did for the fourth and final corner.

When we quilted motifs a few weeks ago, I really struggled with them….

….so I decided to give them another try.

I started at the corner and quilted a “figure-8” type design and then built the feather out from there….

I then returned to the same point and “feathered” my way to the other side…..

I actually think that this is my favorite of the corner designs. It seems to fit the corner better and complete the quilt.

I was ready to bind it and, magically, found this roll of binding that I made for some unknown project many years ago…..

Don’t you love when that happens!!!

The colors work well and now the challenge is finished!!!

Come back tomorrow for the final reveal, including an up-close-and-personal video tour!!

Are you in a rut with your machine quilting? Sure, you know HOW to do FMQ and you have 4 or 5 patterns that you do well. BUT, you are bored with those designs and need a push to try some new things. If so, please join “MOVE-IT…. a Free-Motion Quilting Boot Camp”!! I will take you on a FREE 10-week journey to learn new designs and become more comfortable with just MOVING IT!! You can sign up by clicking HERE

Turning the corners!!

As I have been posting for the past few weeks, I am working thru Angela Walters’ “Fabulous Feathers Free Motion Quilting Challenge”.

We are nearing the end of the challenge and have four of these corners left to do……

The first technique that she showed was making the feather in TWO parts but having it look like it was continuous!!

The first step was to draw a diagonal line at the corner…..

She also reminded us that, since we were at the edge of the quilt, we needed to give room for the binding, so I drew lines to remind me not to veer into the seam allowance……

The first step was to quilt a line down the middle of one side, ending with the first feather near the marked line……

I feathered my way back to where I had started but got a little carried away when I got to the end…..

OOPPSSS…..although this is a practice piece and it didn’t REALLY matter, I went ahead and picked it out!!!

OKAY….the first plume looks pretty good…..

To start the second half of the corner, I moved the needle to the end of the first plume…..

….and stitched the spine to the other side and started the return plume…..

The end product is this…..

On the other corner, I chose to make the plume all in one pass…….

Interestingly there isn’t much difference in how these look, but the 2-part feather seemed to be a bit easier, especially where it rounded the inside corner. This photo is from the “all-at-one-time: attempt…..

One week and two corners yet to go……

Do you enjoy quilting feathers??

Are you in a rut with your machine quilting? Sure, you know HOW to do FMQ and you have 4 or 5 patterns that you do well. BUT, you are bored with those designs and need a push to try some new things. If so, please join “MOVE-IT…. a Free-Motion Quilting Boot Camp”!! I will take you on a FREE 10-week journey to learn new designs and become more comfortable with just MOVING IT!! You can sign up by clicking HERE

It’s all about learning something….

Someone asked me why I continue to do challenges and mystery quilts and my answer is the same…..”I ALWAYS learn something!!!”

I have now finished Angela Walters’ “Quilting with Rulers Challenge” and, as you might guess, I learned SO much!!

Here is the finished quilt…..

…..and here are a few things that I learned……

  • Rulers can be used in other ways that don’t match their intended purpose. In this case, I used an oval ruler to quilt some longer curves…..
  • Use a matching thread….especially if you don’t know exactly what you are doing…..
  • Plan and measure borders so that they turn the corner well….
  • Larger areas can be made smaller by dividing them into sections…..
  • Adding some non-ruler quilting can make a boring design pop……
  • IF you want it to be exact, there are tools that you can use…….
  • Finally, even though you can use a ruler to quilt a filler design, it is easier to freehand it!!!

I bought a few new rulers at Houston this past month and am already having fun playing with them and figuring out exactly how I can use them!!

And, will I do another challenge???

You-bet-ya!!! I have the top for Angela’s new “Feather” challenge and I cannot wait to get started!!! I am horrible at feathers and know that this will push me forward.



Do you need something to PUSH you to get better????

If so, think about signing up for my FREE 10-week Free-Motion Quilting Challenge called “MOVE IT!!!”

Each week you will receive an email with a few new designs to try and a video with instructions, encouragement, and sometimes even some commiseration!!!

If you are interested, sign up HERE

It’s all fun until you run out of thread….

I can quilt a wood grain…..who knew!!!

I have joined the “Flora and Foliage” Free-Motion-Quilting Challenge presented by Angela Walters. Be sure to check it out if you are interested!!

You can use ANY fabric for the challenge but she is selling a fun piece that is designed specially for the challenge……

Doesn’t this look like fun!!!!

I basted it using Hobbs Fusible batting, but didn’t feel that it stuck very well so added a few pins along the edge and in the middle to hold it a bit better.

I watched her video about how to quilt the design, tried it on a practice piece….

…and with MUCH trepidation…..

…took those first few stitches!!

Since this design was running the entire length of the quilt, I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to keep it straight so I added a few “wash-out” marks to guide me on the first column….

I found it to be fairly easy to quilt…..

….but I did have to concentrate on the design or I would veer off someplace that I DID NOT want to be!!

I had a great time, until I ran out of thread…..

I am looking forward to finishing this section when a new spool is acquired!!!

It was a lot of quilting and wasn’t particularly FAST to do, but I feel like I have a good handle on this design and wouldn’t be afraid to try it on another quilt. After all….that is what the challenge is all about!!!

I am also starting to write and video my own “MOVE IT”….free-motion-quilting challenge. Keep watching this space for more information before the month is over!!!