Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Focus on Free Motion Quilting Link-Up!

I can't believe it's already the end of January! I hope you've enjoyed my Focus on Free Motion Quilting posts, and that you've taken some time to practice your free motion quilting this month.

I worked some more on my Mermaid Swoon pillow block, and got the quilting finished.
quilting on mermaid swoon pillow block

I decided to quilt the rest of the main (outer) part of the block with the curved outline stitching I started with, and then I did some more detailed stitching in the center square. You can click on the photo above to see it on flickr if you want a closer look. It's definitely not perfect, but I'm planning on practicing this type of quilting some more and I have faith that I'll improve over time :).
mermaid swoon pillow block, all quilted

This photo (above) shows the orange/turquoise plaid that I'm going to use for the back of the pillow. It's from Connecting Threads, and I think it's a pretty good match. I might use it for binding, too. Maybe on the bias?

So now it's time for you to show off your free motion quilted projects! Here are the rules:
*Post a link to a blog post or flickr photo showing a free motion quilted project you finished this month. The project can be something that was started earlier than this month.
*Link to a specific blog post, not your blog's main page. (Click on the title of the blog post to get to the page for that post.)
*The link-up will be open until 10 p.m. (Pacific time) on February 1, and prizes will be drawn (and posted on my blog) with the help of the random number generator on February 2.

Here are the prizes:

 One set of four cones of their Essential Pro polyester thread in Natural from Connecting Threads.

 One Hawthorne Threads gift certificate for $50.

And three Fat Quarter Shop gift certificates for $50.

Thanks again to Connecting Threads, Hawthorne Threads, and Fat Quarter Shop for sponsoring Focus on Free Motion Quilting!


Richard Healey said...

Not a fancy free motion but my first real attempt. I made 12 hot pads Only 2 got the binding on. Using them to practice free motion and binding as I am new to quilting. My wife though after about the 6th pad though told me to just sew strait lines (don't think she approved) haha while practice make perfect I guess.


Béa said...

I take inspiration directly from your last post, I loved this video from Candy.

Andrea R said...

I finished my daughter's birthday quilt - which was supposed to be done in November. ;)

Its purple and grey squares with white sashing, loopy squares in the squares, diamonds (freehand!) in the sash, and a curvy leaf design around the borders.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for doing this FMQ series! I'll link my just-completed granddaughter's fairy quilt in a bit. Fairly new to FMQ (about 6 months now) but eager to learn from everyone.

Jess said...

I'm sooo excited to find out the winners!!! This was a lot of fun - thanks so much for hosting a great focus on free motion quilting!!


Elizabeth said...

I am SO sorry that I did not get an FMQ something finished in January. I didn't really get anything finished. I did the January FMQ challenge (leaves motif) but didn't thing that really counted. When January started, I wanted to finish up two quilts, But the month sort of disappeared on me and I didn't get anything done.

I'm bummed I missed out on the prizes, but loved learning new FMQ tips from your posts and from your guests.

Thank you for hosting! Looking forward to the next one.

xo -E