Thursday, January 26, 2012

January 2012 FMQ Challenge (SewCalGal)

January's challenge on SewCalGal are leaves by 
I began by practicing drawing heart-shaped leaves by hand

Here's the result with thread!
In the sun, the 90% silk batting practice square looks as luxurious to the touch as it feels
I purchased a complete set of batting quilting squares from Harriet Hargrave
and will use twelve for the SewCalGal 2012 Challenge
I cut muslin today and prepared all twelve month's worth in just a couple of minutes...easy to do with pre-cut batting squares from Harriet's!  (They do all the work!)
I couldn't resist putting in a photo of my recently completed first twin-sized quilt for my daughter's high school graduation - I began it 18 months ago - does time fly!

If you would like to expand your machine quilting techniques, please join the 2012 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge

Best wishes,

Saturday, January 21, 2012

FMQ success and SewCalGal 2012 Challenge

Success on my Brother Innovis 4000D today using free motion quilting "stippling" - I use the term loosely because I've gone outside the lines and crossed over more than I should have,'s pretty good for my first fmq quilt.  I've got Sulky 30w variegated in the top thread, Presencia 60w in the bobbin and with tension set to 4.0 I'm quite happy with the result.  I've noticed today how important it is to secure the beginning and ending with four stitches or so in the same spot so that the fmq doesn't come loose.  Amazing what little, but so important, things you notice.  I was very pleased overall with the result.  My machine didn't skip stitches, I broke no needles (knock on wood) and managed to impress a quilting buddy.  All in all, a good day!  Many happy returns, Mary Ann
I've been inspired to join the SewCalGal 2012 Challenge - here's the link if you're interested, too...


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