Wednesday, February 11, 2015

February's Quilting Challenge.....

Typo's can make me laugh... my first heading was "February's Quitting Challenge".... no I am not going to quit my quilting practice!!!

I am doing the quilting challenges (when ever I can) with QuiltShopGal and her wonderful team of tutors..... February's tutor is Leah Day and you can read all about it HERE

The first option was the one I chose to do which was working Leah's double- stippling design (tutorial found HERE) also known as Leah's Railroad Track design to make a cushion.

Well... I like the idea of a railroad and I needed a 'little boy cushion' so I went with a train idea....

firstly I found a colouring book picture on the internet of a train and appliqued this on my grey blue small patterned background....


.. then I shaded areas of the train I wanted to outline and chose a grey Aurifil thread to do the raw edge applique and free motion quilting....


I like the subtle outlines on the applique which I went over a couple of times....



...toot... toot.. goes the train..... this one had a wild journey!!!


I rather like the look on the back too !!!!  train through the flowery field!!!


Now I have made up a simple cushion cover 18" x 18" ....


I used some jeans poppers to secure the back ....



I purchased Leah's From Daisy to Paisley a couple of years ago and go back to it often looking at ideas....it was lovely to do one of her quilting designs for this challenge... I really need to use it more!

This double stippling is a great filler and I will be using it often I think.... the extra stipple helps to fill in spaces and create interest...

Thanks to Darlene at QuiltShopGal... to Leah and to the sponsors for the inspiration to use my imagination and get some great quilting practice too....

These are not big challenges or overwhelming and if you are wanting to do a bit more of Free Motion Quilting it would be great to join in too...

Righto, Gotto Go... I have some sexy hexies wanting attention!!!



43 comments:

simplestitches said...

lovely Fiona! what a great little design

Chantal said...

SOOOOOO happy to hear you are NOT quitting but simply quilting! :D I would so miss you if you were to quit. Love the little train and the quilting is just so perfect. You did an awesome job.

Terry said...

Your little train is so cute! I love the quilting! :0)

Sue SA said...

One grandson is going to be a very happy boy, I think you will be getting requests for another one or two it is so nice!

Dawn said...

Wow your cushion came up great, perfect for a little man. I have checked out Quiltshop Gal's monthly challenges and when I get time haha, I want to give them a go too.

WoolenSails said...

That is so fun and a great piece for the challenge.
The pillow came out beautifully.

Debbie

Deb R said...

Lovely quilting, I like this Pattern too, toot toot, such A cute train!

Michelle Ridgway said...

I love that cute train and gorgeous quilting x

Melody said...

Absolutely brilliant. Your work just gets better and better and better

marina said...

well done, a lovely pillow and that looks like a versatile quilting design.
How do you make hexies sexy? lol

Karen S said...

Great cushion and a lovely way to use the quilting design. I really like this one!

Cheryll said...

It's perfect Fiona... Xox

Cheryl said...

It's great Fiona and such lovely quilting

Jennifer said...

What a fun cushion......and the quilting design suits so well!

Susan said...

Perfect quilt pattern for that cushion...

Elyte said...

Glad you are not quitting, you always have such great ideas.

Anthea said...

Fiona your skills are really growing! Congrats, the cushion looks great & that quilting is just perfect for the little choo-choo!

Sheila said...

Adorable little cushion , I love this quilting , might have to try this :-) Hugs Sheila

sunny said...

Adorable! And I LOVE the quilting! I must try this.

gracie said...

Such an adorable cushion!

Chrissie said...

Brilliant idea for the cushion, love the quilting xcx

Raewyn said...

Wonderful Fiona, this is the most gorgeous-est cushion!! I'm planning on joining in with these challenges too, missed January (family stuff!) but hopefully I'm on track from now on!

Christine M said...

Your cushion looks fantastic, Fiona.

Jeanette said...

Love the cushion. It's fantastic. Hugs,xx

Susie said...

This is stunning

kiwikid said...

Woo hoo!!! Love those sexy hexies!!! Your pillow is amazing...great applique and quilting!

Egléa Senna said...

Uma almofada divertida e muito bonita!
Um abraço!

A fun pad and very beautiful!
Hugs!

Anonymous said...

Hi Fiona,wow i really love this cushion,its an awesome cushion for a little boy,well done on a beautiful finish,you clever chicky xx

Jane Galley said...

love it, someone is going to be very happy

Lin said...

What a fun cushion Fiona and great quilting design. xx

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

That is great Fiona...love the quilting.....I've still yet to learn it!

Allie said...

WOW - that turned out even better than I had imagined!!!! Brilliant, Fiona!!!!!!!!

Ray and Jeanne said...

What a darling pillow! Love the idea of a little train engine with the railroad tracks - so cute! ~Jeanne

Flickenstichlerin said...

Dear Fiona,
lovely train and quilting. Really nice idea.
Greetings,
Sylvia

Joy McD said...

Hmmmm like it! Lots! xxx

Dawnie said...

Awesome Fiona, the train tracks look unreal

ratama said...

That's a nice idea!

2ne said...

Love your pillow :-) Do you mind if I use your idè - my housband is working at the railway museum....

Sheri said...

You did a fabulous job and the little train and applique is wonderful!

Karin said...

That is the cutest idea...love how this turned out.

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

Your pillow is great, very cute with the little train.
Your quilting looks great!

Bobbie B said...

what a lovely cushion .... and your quilting is so inspiring ... love the tutorial too ... maybe something i need to start doing ... practice every day ... haha ... thank you and well done!!!

Sisbabestitches said...

A wonderful design Fiona! I just love imagining the train toot-tooting all over those crazy rails :) The outline quilting on the train is a great touch :)

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