Saturday, December 15, 2012

Free Motion Quilting Challenge

At the beginning of the year, I wanted to follow and learn through SewCal Gal's quilting challenge.  For me there were some definite challenges, but as of today, I have completed 10 of the challenges.  I finished my quilt and after I washed it, the stiffness left and I'm quite happy with it.  I'll be donating this quilt to Project Linus.

The December challenge was the border and I simplified the lesson by Patsy Thompson, but I plan on practicing the quilting ideas that she showed.  I learned on this quilt how to quilt up to the border and plan for that quilting.

I think the back shows it off better:
I filled in one of the squares of the quilt with a filler design--and I got a few of them wrong, but I didn't pick them out--I just left them and they blend in okay, I think.
There are many things I can still practice on and use in my donation quilts.  I am so happy with what I've learned.  I probably won't get to the other two challenges and the documentation needed for the contest.  I was really more interested in the challenge and I found a new source for many things in Linda Moran.  I love, love, love her fabric and will be trying something using her fabrics.

I finished a couple of Project Linus Quilts, the binding on a small quilt in my previous post and a larger one that somehow we photographed up side down.
I used some of the spiral making technique on the quilting of this one:
And I used some fun black and white flannel that I found at a local JoAnn store:
Now--onto some Christmas jammies and making a hanging sleeve for a quilt that we're giving our oldest son.  Then, there's that pair of pillowcases to round out the African quilt I did for our youngest.

Lots to do!
Linking over to Whoop Whoop for some glorious quilts

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Putting into Practice the Swirls

With a recent challenge using swirls, I took what I learned and put them into the quilting of a donation quilt I had ready to quilt.  I like how they worked into the quilt pattern.

A little closer look:
And on bit closer:
I used organic lines around the perimeter of the quilt.  I'll bind it today for Project Linus.

Here is a quilt I finished and gave to a friend Sunday:
and then the other swirls I used is finished in a quilt for Project Linus:
I'm making my way slowly but surely through my UFO's!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Another Free Motion Quilt Challenge Completed!

Here it is December and I found a design I dearly LOVE!!  This marbled fabric is so fun to quilt on!  Thank you Linda Moran!!! Challenge is HERE

I had so much fun with this and while I was waiting on my machine to be fixed I found some more fabric in my stash that I could use to do this again, and then I purchased from Linda one more fat quarter--so this isn't the end of my quilting in this style!

A funny thing is that I did something very similar on one of my first quilts.  I followed the design in the fabric to quilt the edge.  I thought it was kind of goofy when I showed it to more experienced quilters, but I don't think that now!

This is the front of the piece:
an up close shot:
and the fun part is how the back looks!!!
One could actually quilt the marbled fabric so that the back would really be the front and then it could be made into a fun pillow!  I wish I was a little steadier with my quilting.  My asthma meds make my arms and hands a bit shakey, but I move on and love my quirkiness!