Friday, January 23, 2015

Free Motion Quilting

Another of the goals I have set myself this year is to focus more on my Free Motion Quilting ... 

.. and as such I am going to participate as much as possible in the Free Motion Quilting Challenge hosted by  Darlene at QuiltShopGal.....

... HERE is the link to her blog where there is lots of useful information and HERE is the link to the January challenge and linky party..... 

the great thing is that there is no pressure to join in every month.. but when you can ... 

This months challenge is a pillow with a quilted heart motif...

I started by drawing on my top fabric...


then filled in the heart with sortof symmetrical feathers....


... looks better without the pen but I didn't like the funny feather in the centre of the right hand one so I unpicked (I do not like unpicking so it has to really bug me to do that!!)


... a few new stitches and like this is much better....

.. then I outlined the heart with little circles....


... and finally a wavy cross hatch.... 


I wasn't too sure about the wavy crosshatch but the heart shows up fine now it's made up into a pillow


 I finished off the back with a simple envelope


I do far prefer to make something for a fmq challenge... so I'm pleased to have practiced and created a new cushion for myself....


Thanks to QuiltShopGal for finding wonderful tutors and making this a fun and useful challenge

Righto, Gotto Go..... I'm off to read the other posts in the linky party and see what they have come up with

34 comments:

  1. Hi Fiona wow my friend this heart is awesome,boy you are so clever,well done on a beautiful finish xx

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  2. Wow...your cushion is beautiful! :0)

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  3. Absolutely beautiful. I love your feathered heart with pearls. Great job. And I'm delighted you are excited about this challenge being structured to not only stitch out a practice, but to be proud of your work enough to turn it into a pillow. I think your pillow is absolutely lovely.

    QuiltShopGal
    www.quiltshopgal..com

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  4. I just found the FM Challenge too and your pillow looks lovely, very professional - you'll be taking orders soon...congratulations and I cant wait to see all the other months too.

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  5. Gorgeous pillow and the wavy cross-hatch looks awesome!!!! Well done :^)

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  6. That's a lovely cushion......a practical use of some practice!

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  7. Wow!! That looks fantastic! Great quilting!

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  8. Your cushion looks great, Fiona. I'd love to be able TO FMQ. One day when I get time, I'll have to give it a go.

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  9. Fiona, that looks lovely. I find it easier to do on the smaller things, it's when it gets to a full size quilt I struggle

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  10. Wow! Looks amazing. I have tried to do FMQ a couple of times but don't have much success. That's why I hand quilt lol.

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  11. Dear Fiona,
    what a great exercise, you have done an awesome good job quilting the heart and making a pillow out of it. What a nice project.
    Greetings,
    Sylvia

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  12. Wow , very beautiful, perfect practice and finish ! XXX

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  13. You could end up with a lot of cushions by end of this - it looks lovely - even if you hadn't unpicked it would have looked great (to me who loathes FMQ)

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  14. ohhhhhhhh I just love it!!! Your quilting is gorgeous and I love your background design

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  15. I think you stepped up to that challenge and came out the winner. GORGEOUS quilting! Love, love, LOVE it. Congrats on an adorable little pillow Fiona.

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  16. Gorgeous cushion Fiona. Time very well spent.

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  17. Wonderful job...so much texture...love your feathered heart and the textured background, particularly on that cream background.

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  18. Ooh, Loverly!
    Nice work, especially after unsewing all those stitches.

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  19. Gorgeous! I need to go check out this challenge. Thanks for the link.

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  20. Beautiful... I love the feathers, mixed with the lines and mixed with the pebbles. The texture is amazing.

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  21. What a great idea. I always love your work with feathers and think this cushion is gorgeous. Good luck with your challenge.

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  22. Very very nice and I love the wavy cross hatch. xx

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  23. Awesome! I love your interpretation and the way you added elements around the heart. Great inspiration - thank you! ~Jeanne

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  24. Your pillow is beautiful! Thanks for your nice comment on my blog!

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  25. Love all the texture! I just want to reach out and touch it!

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  26. Your pillow looks great. Thanks for the tutorial too.
    mary

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  27. This is lovely - I really like your heart with its swirly bottom, and your feathers are wonderful!

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  28. Your quilting and pillow look very nice! I put a couple of participants photos in my post (including your, but if you mind, I'll take it down?) Sheri

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