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:

WoolenSails said...

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

Debbie

Anonymous said...

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

Michelle Ridgway said...

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

Jeanette said...

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

Dawn said...

Love your free motion quilting - you are very talented.

Jennifer said...

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

marina said...

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.

Flickenstichlerin said...

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

Mistea said...

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

Doreen Auger said...

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

sunny said...

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.

Cheryl said...

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

Susan said...

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.

Wendy said...

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

Chookyblue...... said...

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

Karin said...

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

Lin said...

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

Tomomi McElwee said...

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

kiwikid said...

Beautiful work Fiona.

Raewyn said...

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!

Josie said...

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

Jane Galley said...

beautifully done, as always

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