So I've started in on Joanne's awesome quilt-along. I'm going to be using my jelly roll of Tradition where ever possible along with some other Howard Marcus FQ's that I have and various charms. Think a run to the LQS is in order though this weekend, to pick up the fabrics for the alternating blocks. We're to do two of each block so I'm going to vary the second one I do of each, just a tad. In the first, I made a scrappy 9-patch so I could use up some scraps. In block 2, I just changed the outer points to another fabric to give a different affect.
Now back to sewing...feeling like I'm swamped in QAL's right now but it sure helps to keep ya motivated when you don't know anyone IRL who quilts! Thanks for dropping by. ♥
Joanne of Thread Head, who is so incredibly talented, is hosting a quilt-along that I just can't resist! She'll be posting one or two blocks a week over the next few months and we're to make two of each block; that is if you're going to do the large size quilt. But if you want to do something smaller, she's posted lots of options! I'm already dreaming of what I'm going to do with these lovely blocks.
So far, I've decided to use my Howard Marcus prints. For the alternating blocks, I'm undecided. May require a trip to the LQS but that's never a bad thing, right?!
Hope all of my fellow Canadians had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. We sure did, visiting my parents in Northern Ontario on Georgian Bay. I love Fall and this year, the colors have been amazing...
Now back to sewing.
Jodi of Pleasant Home is starting up a fun sew-along. It's purpose is to help you use up your scraps. She'll be doing 4 or 5 projects; telling us enough to get us started using up those scrap bins. Sounds like fun, so think I'll join in...though I know it's not likely wise, considering all the UFO's I currently have, but you know how it goes. Tomorrow it officially starts, so go on over and join in the fun too!
So I mentioned in my previous post, I've joined Christina's free motion quilt-along over at A Few Scraps (button in my sidebar). I've wanted to learn this for awhile now, but each time I've attempted it on scraps, my tension is all off. Guess this is common and each person has to play with their machine, thread, needles, speed, etc. to get it right. So I'm persevering this time. This pic is of my first practise pad. You can see, with the straight lines, the tension was way too loose (click pic and it will enlarge). So kept changing it and finally by the last rows, it was pretty good with few loops on the back. Here I'd used just scraps of muslin and bits of batting left over from making totes. Then I had to make up a quilt sandwich like this. The objective is to just whip something up quick, even if it's ugly, so that you don't fear messing it up. I had an old panel from my MIL that looked like it was to be made into crib bumper pads. It was old and yellowing so figured, why not cut it up and try to make a quilt top of it. Then I had an old sheet that I'd made into a curtain for around my drafting table that I'd used as a change table years ago, so again, figured why not repurpose it into the backing. Took out some seams, cut it up and repieced it for the backing. So here's my quilt sandwich:
Hope it will make a fun play mat for my 2 year old. I used some cheap poly batting I had in my stash. Quickly found out that was not a good idea! It's hard to work with. Too fluffy. Hard to avoid puckering. My first two lines of stitching were too loose and looked awful. Decided to rip them out. Was going to throw in the towel then and there! But then Christina wrote this in her blog: "So if you're just starting out, with angles where you want curves, crooked lines where you want straight ones, stitch length issues and awful tension, carry on. It's just the way it has to be.The way out of this free motion morass is through. Keep stitching. Get through that first quilt and on the road to better quilting."
So I decided to keep trying. Tried working on my loops and pebbling. In so doing, I totally forgot that I was planning on working around the pictures of the teddies. Sewed right over top! But not going to worry about it now.
I really like the pebbling effect. Tried doing different things in the center of them like I saw over at Leah Day's great site.
So at least I'm doing it. See my quote at the top right sidebar? That is what I'm going to keep telling myself! And maybe one day, I'll be able to finish up some of my quilt tops!
Anyone else struggling with FMQ? Happy stitching and thanks for dropping by! ♥
Yippee! I finished up the last block. I love this one! A few areas didn't match and it's a wee bit off from the 6.5" it's suppose to be, but think it's okay. We have a bit more work to do on the setting blocks and then we'll start putting it together. I'm so looking forward to this! Keeping my fingers crossed that I'm not too far out in some blocks to get things lined up all right. But it's all been great practise for me. Shelly has done such an amazing job with this QAL, explaining things in such detail that you really can't mess up, even for a beginner like me. I so appreciate that!
I'm debating on whether to have a long-arm quilter do the quilting for me. In the meantime, I've joined another quilt-along run by A Few Scraps. Just click on the button on my right side bar for it and it'll take you to all the details. It's focus is not on the quilt but to quickly put together a scrap quilt to practise free-motion quilting. Such a great idea and very fun! I've already learned a whole lot but I'll save that for another post.