More Free-motion quilting designs….

Even though I have finished working thru the “MOVE IT!” class series, I am still trying to improve my free-motion quilting and learn new designs.

I have gotten REALLY behind on the Angela Walters “Flora & Foliage” Quilt-A-Long, but finally had a few hours to do some catch-up work!!

The next design that we tackled was a pebble design. I have quilted pebbles for a long time but have never really thought about the size of them. I first quilted the center of the flower pre-print and was happy with my work (even though a few of them are more oblong rather than round)…..

In the next step, she wanted us to try making them different sizes…..WHAT!!!!

I thought that it would be hard to do, but found it to be really freeing……

….and I do like the way that the larger ones pop off of the quilt.

Finally, it was time to tackle one more of her flower meander designs!! This one scared me the most but I found it to be pretty easy to do……

….and I love the way that the big flowers add so much dimension to the area. The only thing that I would change would be to space them a bit better!!

I am really excited that I have been able to work thru these new designs and I feel that working on MOVE IT! has give me some experience and confidence that I didn’t have before!!!

I can’t wait to move to the next design.

I would also encourage you to check out the challenge page of Angela’s website. She gives SO much information and SO much encouragement!!!

If you are also trying to add more designs to your free-motion quilting toolbox, you might be interested in joining “MOVE IT”…..a free-motion quilting course. To join me for 8 weeks of new designs, sign up HERE.

Remember that it is FREE and you can start at any time and work at your own speed!!

I would love for you to join me on my journey!!!!

MOVING IT to finish a baby quilt!!

Yesterday I mailed the two twin boy baby quilts that I have been working on and was so excited to get the quilting finished on them.

I already showed this one.….

….and had talked about some of the “new to me” quilting designs that I had used.

Today, I want to share about this one…..

I obviously am feeling a lot more comfortable with the new designs that I have learned during “MOVE IT!!…a free-motion boot camp”, because I was able to simply move from one design to the other and even felt comfortable trying a few designs that I had never done before!!

In this video, I talk about some of the designs that I have learned in the past 10 weeks……

AND…..if any of these designs look interesting to you, remember that I turned my personal Boot Camp into “MOVE IT”…..a free motion quilting course. To join me for 8 weeks of new designs, sign up HERE

Remember that it is free and you can start at any time and work at your own speed!!!

I would love for you to join me on my journey!!!!

More FMQ…..

Last week, I posted about some new designs that I have been practicing and showing how I was using them in real life. The quilt that I am working on is this one…..

One of the first designs that I tried was a wavy line with an echo line 1/4 inch away. Then I mixed it up by quilting the other wave in the opposite direction…….

It was a simple design and it worked perfectly in this section of the quilt…..

I debated long and hard about how to quilt the pieced strip at the top of the quilt

I was super excited about this quilting because I was able to figure out how to quilt it without having to break the thread…..

Now that this first quilt is finished, I have the next one to work on. Hopefully, I will be able to fill it with more designs that I have recently learned.

Learning new things is fun!!!!!

AND…..if any of these designs look interesting to you, remember that I turned my personal Boot Camp into “MOVE IT”…..a free motion quilting course. To join me for 8 weeks of new designs, sign up

HERE!!!!

Remember that it is free and you can start at any time and work at your own speed!!!

I would love for you to join me on my journey!!!!

Using what I learned

Earlier this year, I talked about wanting to try a bunch of new free-motion quilting designs but being scared of doing them. Then I decided that I was going to start my own “FMQ Boot Camp” to make myself learn some new things.

Well, I have worked hard at learning to “Move It” and have been able to use a bunch of these new designs on the baby quilt that I am currently working on.

Check out yesterday’s post for the first steps on this quilt.

Now that the ruler designs were quilted it was time to start filling in the spaces!!

I started with a design that I called U-Turn….

…and used it to fill in around the elephants…..

It was super fast and a great start to my quilting!!

Next I needed to fill in the small strip that was just above the elephants and I chose the ribbon candy design…..

It was perfect…..

Actually, the quilting was NOT perfect, but it fit well into the spot!!

For the first really big area, I jumped right in and tried the paisley meander….

It took me a while to figure out that I needed to GO BIG but once I did, the space filled in quickly!!

Come back tomorrow for more of the quilting of this sweet top!!!

AND…..if any of these designs look interesting to you, I will remind you that I turned my personal Boot Camp into “MOVE IT”…..a free motion quilting course. To join me for 8 weeks of new designs to try, sign up HERE.

Remember that it is free and you can join at any time!!!

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!!