Wednesday, April 18, 2012

WIP and QAL Wednesday: Practice

It is very hard to stay inside and sew when my gardens are calling me, but I was able to work on one quilting project this week. I was a little stumped as to what to use for Leah Day's homework, but my mom's UFO came to the rescue. There were some issues with the construction of the piece, which is probably why my mom never finished it. But with some of the stuff that Leah has taught us over the last 15 weeks, I think the piece is turning out nicely.

 I added the last border, so that I would have something to hang on to while I quilted it. I also starched it and pressed it from the opposite side. I also used high loft poly batting to help with the puckers in the piece. All of these things I've learned from Leah! (Note to Leah: I really want you to know how much I appreciate you generosity in teaching us how to quilt. I have learned so much from you already! Thank you very, very much!!!!)

 I started free motion quilting by stitching in the ditch around all of the borders and flowers.

 I stitched kind of scribbley lines in the flowers, trying to make them look somewhat real (not sure I succeeded) and in the center of the flower I stitched some lines of stippling.

 Around the first border I stitched big "U" shapes.
 In the background, behind the flowers I did some microstippling.

I haven't stitched the last two borders. Maybe Leah's homework this week will give me something to stitch there!

So my question for Leah this week: Free Motion Feet
This is my free motion foot. I really like this foot, it gives me lots of visibility. But this week I kept getting snagged on the hand applique, one side of the foot would slip under part of the applique. Would a closed foot help with this type of project? Or is there something I should do that would avoid this issue?

So on to my other projects this week! Nada!
 My stats this week are:
In-process: (9)
FLMQG solids challenge crib quilt (2 out of 9 Urban Nine Patch blocks done)
Purple heart wall hanging ( needs borders, backing, quilting and binding)
Expanding Possibilities quilt (basted, now to be quilted)
Storybook quilt # 1 -   quilt the border and bind it
Storybook quilt # 2 - All embroidery is done
Quokka Quilts QAYGFMQQAL quilt (18 blocks out of 30 quilted)
Geneva Public Library quilt - join and quilt (maybe make a block or two to even it out)
iPad case (embroidered and started piecing and quilting)
Sew Cal Gal's March FMQ Challenge - Embellishment

New projects: (1)
Mom's applique project

Finished (0)

I'm linking up with Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday and The Free Motion Quilting Project for QAL Wednesday

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
Free Motion Quilt Along

Color Me Quilty!


P.S. I'm  hosting my first ever linky party QED (Quilty Embellishment Day), the link is still open until on Sunday, April 22nd, so feel free to link up and have a chance to win a starter pack of Lumiere paint. Melissa Corry from Happy Quilting was my guest blogger and she did a fabulous tutorial on applique. Check out some of those that have linked up so far to see some really cool projects! So please stop by and check it out!


  1. Your FMQ is very nice...I like the way you just go for it. It will be a very nice quilt when it is finished.

  2. This is beautiful! It's a lovely quilt top to start with and your FMQ has enhanced it beautifully. I love how you quilted the flowers.

  3. You and your mom have both done a great job on this little quilt!!Very nicely done!

  4. It looks like your garden can also be inside. The quilt is beautiful.

  5. You have done a wonderful job, both of you.The quilt is really beautiful.

  6. That little quilty is soooo great! I agree, Leah is amazing and is a wealth of info. I go over and over her tutorials. I will be watching to see what you do in the borders. I find them challenging.....all that space. Especially on a wide 6" border. I never know what to quilt.

    Spring is a fun time of dividing time between quilting and gardening eh! It is awesome to finally see a few things blooming, here.

  7. Pat- I LOVE what you've done with the quilting of your mom's quilt. How fun!! It looks great and I'm thoroughly impressed you did more micro-stippling. I'm trying to get my latest quilts together to I can practice some more as well.

  8. Your Mom's UFO is wonderful! I love your quilting choices! Very artistic! It truly is amazing how much Leah has taught us! ~Jeanne

  9. I love the flower appliques. And your quilting really gives them life.

  10. Awesome! Even better then before. Can you tell I am slowly working up my dashboard? ;-)

  11. Your extra thread stitching on the appliques areas is wonderful. It adds a alot of texture. Beautiful piece.

  12. Proof positive the quilting stitch enhancing the quilt. Your stitches took a lovely 2D piece and made it 3D.

  13. Beautiful quilting. Just came over from WIP Wednesday. I see you are in the Finger lakes area. I live in the Rochester, NY area.


  14. What a beautiful quilt and no longer a UFO ~ it is lovely Pat.

  15. Nice project and will work well as a "practice" piece. You are doing so well! I look forward to this next series! Hugs, Doreen

  16. This piece is amazing! I love it. You are very talented.

  17. the flower...It´s really come out. Now is a complete work.

  18. I think the fmq on the flowers is beautiful! And, the colors are so soft. I love it.

    Talking about fmq feet-I have a spring action foot that I cant use because it is sooooooooooo noisy; drives me crazy. I feel like it is always hitting something. I don't know. And, it doesn't really ever touch the surface of my quilt.