Wednesday, February 8, 2012

WIP Wednesday: FMQ Craziness

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I have been FMQ like crazy this week. So to start off with, here is my Leah Day homework for the week. I decided to make a sewing machine cover out of this orphaned block. I stippled in the inner star and the purple star tips.
I had some difficulty stitching over the center because of all the seams coming together there. I think that's why the scale was somewhat off.

I was pleased with my star tips.

I didn't break thread, just stitched in the ditch to the next point.

Back looks good, I think.

I am not happy with this filler stitching.
 So my first question for Leah is: Is there an "easy" way to pick out all of these stitches? Seems like I remember a post you had about a really small seam ripper?

Then I started on my Quokka Quilt QAYGFMQQAL blocks.

Happy with this block.

Then I started this block. See the skipped stitches?

So my second question for Leah is why am I all of a sudden getting skipped stitches. I changed the needle right before the green block above. I was using good quality cotton thread. Any suggestions to fix this?

I finished my Noah's Ark quilt! I can't believe I got it done in a week, start to finish!

I also got 5 more blocks on my FMQ sampler quilted.

So, my stats this week are:
In-process: (5)
Hip to be Square FMQ sampler (25 out of 30 blocks quilted)
Purple heart wall hanging ( needs borders, backing, quilting and binding)
Expanding Possibilities quilt (needs backing, quilting and binding)
Storybook quilt # 1 -  All blocks are quilted
Storybook quilt # 2 - All embroidery is done
Quokka Quilts QAYGFMQQAL quilt (6 blocks are quilted - struggling with the 7th)

New projects in the cue to start: (3)
FLMQG solids challenge crib quilt (Not started)
New Wave quilt (not started)
Sewing Machine Cover - pieced, basted, started FMQ

Finished (1)
Friend's baby quilt -Noah's Ark Baby Quilt  - DONE!
I'm linking up with Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday, The Free Motion Quilting Project for Quilt A Long Wednesday!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced



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  1. Pat, you are a machine!! Everything looks great! I am so impressed with your quilting. I hope you get some answers to those questions, too.

  2. I love your machine quilting projects, wow!
    I have had the same problem with skipped stitches - it will happen all of a sudden, which is so confusing! What works for me is to use an 80/12 needle and 100% polyester gutterman thread - I don't know why this works, but it has completely solved that problem for me! Good luck!

  3. Busy Busy Busy!! Love the FMQ! I have trouble with FMQ and things that are symmetrical, they always seem a bit off to me so I just don't do that anymore :) Can't wait to see the sewing machine cover all together

  4. You are JAMMIN' with your fmq!!! Interested to see answers to your questions.

  5. Gosh Pat, could you come visit and quilt some for me??? You are definitely quilting up a storm and your stitches are looking great. Look for answers to your two questions tomorrow on Question Thursday!

  6. Pat, your star quilt is just so beautiful. I love the colors too.

  7. I think the filler stitching on the triangle looks fine. The lines may not be totally straight or even, but it has a wonky/psychodelic look that works. Thanks for sharing!

  8. You've been busy! Everything looks really good. Great job! I once read to never FMQ stitch any smaller than you want to tear out! Well yeah! I just don't like tearing out! - I'll be waiting for Leah's answer. ~Jeanne

  9. Wow! Everything looks great! I love the your quilting - wonderful!

  10. I love your stippling on those purple triangles! They look gorgeous! And I adore that baby quilt! AND, I think I have more blogging issues squared away. =)

  11. Beautiful!! I really like your machine quilting

  12. wow you have been busy :) try a larger needle for the issue you are having of skipped stitches. Use a schmetz needle labelled "quilting" and use a size 90. This should allow for the hook to be able to "find" the thread through the layers and catch it. Hope this helps xxx

  13. Absolutely lovely. You are doing a fantastic job with your FMQ. Really captures the eye. Love all the designs you are doing. Great job!


  14. Oh, Pat your took the star quilt block to another level! It looks fantastic!

  15. Wow, wow, wow. The baby quilt has come up so well. The star looks brilliant.

  16. Wow Pat, you've been busy! Your work looks great - you must be very pleased. I haven't posted anything yet - have been away and haven't done much this week. Hoping to catch up over the weekend.

  17. Pat - You are an overachiever! Nice job on your projects. I love the triangles w/echoes and the swirley-whirley-gigs. Those are two of my favorites. Do you ever have difficulty on triangles going backward? Sometimes my backward line is a bit curvy. Keep up the GREAT work! :^)