Tuesday, February 28, 2012

FMQ Feathers

As I mentioned in a previous post, I've been following along with the monthly tutorials about free motion quilting at the 2012 Free Motion Challenge on SewCalGal.  With time winding down on completing the tutorial for feathers, I thought I'd share what I did this month.  First there was the drawing,

and drawing

and more drawing.

and finally working on fabric.

After numerous attempts here is the final result

I definitely need more practice.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Another round

You may have seen the first blocks that I had to add to in my Guild's Round Robin here and here.  Well now I get to add the next round to this block. 

My turn will be the 5th round. I am supposed to add a 4-inch border that incorporates squares and/or rectangles. I like the work done thus far even though I don’t usually work in this colour palette.  

I can show you the fabrics I used to complete my round.  Here they are.

I would show you more, but Mary may be lurking about, so this will have to do until we reveal the results on March 30th. I'll post them here if the participants agree.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012


I’ve been experimenting with a product called Texture Magic by Superior Threads.  
When you apply steam to it, it shrinks up and provides texture to fabric.  The Texture Magic feels a bit like organza except a bit thicker.  First I cut a 6-inch square of both fabric Texture Magic.  This first sample was sewn in two-inch squares.  A little steam from the iron and voilĂ !

You can see some of the texture, but I wanted more.  So I sewed another sample.  This time with one-inch squares.  This is the result. 

Okay so this has more texture, but it looks so symmetrical.  What if I sewed the pieces together with a diagonal line?  Here is what happened.

Here they are side by side.  You can see that the texture looks quite different.
Then I tried a rectangle and sewed it lengthwise a half inch apart.

Now I’m off to work on the next round of my Guild’s Round Robin, practicing my FMQ so I can link up to SewCalGal’s FMQ Challenge, and get my UFOs under control.