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

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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...

22 comments:

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

    Debbie

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  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

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

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

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

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

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  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.

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  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.
    Greetings,
    Sylvia

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

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  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..............

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  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.

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

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  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.

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

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

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

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

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

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  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!

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  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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