Monday, January 16, 2017

January practice

I decided that instead of doing practice pieces that I toss, I would create an entire composition for FMQ practice.
I started with trying a different style of feathers. In a flower shape. With a cross-hatch background.

I added formal feathers in the corners. 

Then I pondered the border. It needed even quilting to balance the intense FMQ in the center. 

I did ruler work to create an architectural border. With loops in the cornerstones.

Finished at 24"square. I used a layer of Quilters Dream mid-loft poly on the bottom under a layer of Quilters Dream Puff. Quilted with Glide thread on top and Aurifil in the bobbin.

Love the texture on the back!

Monday, January 2, 2017

2016 retrospective

My finished projects, excluding some smaller things. Not as many as I would have liked, but the recipients were all very happy. 
Here's to new projects in 2017, enjoying every stitch!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

last one for 2016

So I made another map quilt. This one in batiks. For my brother.
He was very surprised.
This is his happy face!
Straight line quilting all over the states, with various free-motion motifs in the background. 
States are 50 different batik fabrics, background is Moda cross weave. Free motion quilted by me on my Baby Lock Tiara with a variety of threads.




Thursday, December 29, 2016

one last Quilt of 2016

I made this quilt top in October-November, quilted it in December and just finished the binding.
Pattern is "Merry-Go-Round" by Missouri Star Quilt Company (again!). Rings are fabrics by Tula Pink. Background is a specked gray I have been hoarding.
I free-motion quilted feathers all over.
Quilted with 40 wt. Signature polyester thread on top and 50 wt. Aurifil in the bobbin. This combination always works for me.
Now to think about what quilts I want to make in 2017!



Monday, December 19, 2016

prairie flower

Outside of my comfort zone.
Not my color palette.
But, oh-so-fun!
My version of the Missouri Star Quilt Company "prairie flower" quilt.

I omitted the sashing and added a piano key border.

Fabrics are by Amy Butler (Glow collection) and Denise Schmidt (New Bedford). I think they play nicely together.

Queen-sized, free-motion quilted in my Tiara.