Friday, July 31, 2015

Deadlines met ....

Last day of July and I just managed to meet two main deadlines for this month....

One is the Natures Journey SAL....  hosted by Chookyblue and Susan 

When Chookyblue visited she commented on the flowers so I did change the shape of them to fussy cut the fabric (I had already sewn one but I decided to unpick and redo it) I'd forgotten the ladybug's head so I had to quickly do that last night.

It's lovely seeing the different variations... you can see them HERE at the SAL blog if you are interested

What a lot of work in this block... but it will be a lovely centre for the quilt


For July's FMQ challenge hosted by Darlene at QuiltShopGal, I chose Option 1, a tutorial by Paula Reid using a  stencil design. We were lucky that we could download and trace the design, which is what I did.

this fitted just right in the centre of my block which I had bordered with a light sage green fabric

keeping the tracing theme I found a border in my patterns so traced that out too

I then 'matchsticked' around the edge and centre of the medallion and echo quilted the border

those tiny lines took ages....

I have joined the front and back with a darker binding ....  

(I think it could have done with a peeper of the same as the centre is a bit washed out....

.. my favourite envelope back

... and here it is stuffed and ready for use....

Darlene hosts the FMQ challenges and I am learning lots and trying out some different techniques... great tutorials and ideas.  Thank you Darlene, and thank you Paula for your time and great tutorial.

Righto, now I have caught up on those deadlines I have another... I managed to overdo it on the washing and now there is a pile of folding ironing to be sorted...

Have a lovely day...


  1. Both are beautiful pieces, I really need to get organized so I can get some projects going, still thinking.


  2. Hi Fiona love your centre block it looks fantastic and wow I am always amazed at the beautiful work you do with your FMQ,well done my friend xx

  3. Love your centre neat to feature the fabric in your flowers. Your quilting is just awesome. Well done on screaming over the deadline like that xx

  4. Love the fussy cut flowers. Fmq is fabulous. Hugs, xx

  5. Love your free motion quilting - you are very talented.

  6. Definitely - the fussy cut flowers are so right for your block! You don't do housework, do you? Gasp, shock, horror.......

  7. your nj block looks fantastic, love the fussy cut flowers, clever you!
    another gorgeous quilted pillow case.
    Hope that ironing doesn't take too much of your time.

  8. Dear Fiona,
    wonderful center block for the Nature's Journey quilt. Love your applique, looks very pretty.
    So does your new pillow case, nice quilting.

  9. Oh my! Lots of stitches in your sewing place.
    Love the pillow. Perfect for a spot of stitching.

  10. Love that pillow!!! And I think your color choices are perfect----really love the pale/pastel center!!!!!! Your fussy cut flowers are perfect for the applique (I checked out the others and, although very nice, I am really partial to yours!!!!!). Well done all!!! Hugs..............

  11. Your quilting is awesome! I've been practicing a lot lately, but not on anything as intricate as yours. Keep up the beautiful work. You applique block is gorgeous, too.

  12. Wow your Natures Journey centre block is amazing Fiona. Love those flowers. Beautiful FMQ also

  13. I am always left speechless with your FMQ. YOur Bridal sampler is really coming along...never thought to use freezer paper instead of templates - got to be easier to cut.

  14. Your nature's journey block is beautiful, the flowers do look great fussy cut

  15. the centre and the cushion look have been a busy girl...........the fussy cut flowers look wonderful..............

  16. Love your border design...great idea. Beautiful quilting all around

  17. Your applique looks brilliant - I love your simple background and of course your quilting is as always superb. xx

  18. I like what you did on the border. The back looks good too!

  19. I love your cushion Fiona - very effective with the different elements you have used- oh la la!! Nature's journey is also looking great... lots of yumminess in this post!

  20. Those fussy cut flowers look fabulous Fiona. Yours is going to be a very classy Natures Journey... can't wait to see how you quilt it. Love your new cushion. As usual I'm in awe of your FMQ'ing...... xxxx


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