Sunday, September 23, 2012

SewCalGal's Free-Motion Quilting Challenge - September

Here is my FMQ for SewCalGal's Free Motion Quilting Challenge. The September Tutorial was by Paula Reid and we stitched out a circular feather motif.

This was done with a 90/14 needle with gold Coats and Clark in the bobbin.
By the way, "Happy 200th Birthday Coats and Clark!"
They are celebrating with a Quilt-Along using spool blocks, of course :-)

This month, I got a new machine (remember my fiasco with tension issues last month?) called the Pfaff Creative Performance.  (See reviews here.)  With Coats and Clark thread, this machine can fmq like crazy without tension issues.  I'm SEW happy to be able to fmq sans headaches once more!  I look forward to using different types of threads and battings and sharing how they work here on RocknQuilts.

Of course, it looks like I'm beginning all over again - because I am - with a new machine, anyway!
I'm sure I will improve with time, however.

Here's my new purple beauty:

I used Don Linn's recommended method for pattern transfer this time:

(There is tulle in the blue embroidery hoop, but it's practically invisible!)

Here's the top with teal Coats and Clark over blue marking pen on muslin with a new batting I hadn't tried before called Hobbs Heirloom Premium Cotton 80/20, aligned fiber, lightly needle punched.  It can be quilted 1/4" to 3" apart.  It comes in 45" x 60", 90 x 108", 120" x 120" and 96" wide by the yard from Harriet and Carrie Hargrave.

I really enjoyed how easily everything moved under my needle with this batting.  I would use it again and recommend it to others.

Looking forward to reading and learning more about FMQ through the SewCalGal 2012 FMQ Challenge.  Thanks for all you do, SewCalGal!



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