Wednesday, September 12, 2012

WIPped Cream and A Cherry On Top!

I have been very good lately, not starting new projects, working on whittling down my WIP! But this week my best friend Kate was in town and that went out the window. We took the new machine class and a FMQ class with Molly Waddell. The best part was that I was able to hold my own in the FMQ class - Thank you Leah Day!!!!

Pillow top from my FMQ class with Molly Waddell
So I was able to do my homework this week, the class actually taught us paisley - which just happens to be one of my favorite designs. Of course, I had to be a smart aleck and use metallic. I am a glutton for punishment, but it looks so cool!
Paisley with metallic thread on black fabric

The back for the pillow  - and the reason for using metallic thread!
While I was at Quilters Corner for my class, I purchased a book on FMQ by Angela Walters. It has a form of paisley too. So I thought I would give it a try.
This paisley is a little more open and no travel stitches.

Angela Walter version of paisley

I like both versions of the paisley, I think they would both be used for different reasons.

Leah, I want to tell you that you were right when you told me to give myself some time to get to know my machine. While I still have some issues from time to time, my machine is now FMQ quite well. Thanks!

I also had fun dyeing this week. It seems that September is my month to dye, the last time I dyed was last September.
Hand dyed fabric
I even was able to write up a primer/tutorial on my process for dyeing. This week was WIPped cream and a cherry on the top!

My stats for the week:
In-process: (6)
Purple heart wall hanging ( needs borders, backing, quilting and binding)
Expanding Possibilities quilt (Continue to quilt)
Storybook quilt # 2 - All embroidery is done
Geneva Public Library quilt - join and quilt (maybe make a block or two to even it out)
Sew Cal Gal's April FMQ Challenge - Need to make into a pillow.
Sew Cal Gal June FMQ Challenge - Need to bind.

New projects: (1)
Metallic FMQ pillow

Finished (1)
Hand dyed fabric and tutorial!

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. Saturday is Quilty Embellishment Day (QED)! I have a WONDERFUL guest blogger Gene Black an Alabama Artist and Quilter. I hope you all will stop by and link up any QED posts from this month!


  1. Love the Angela's Paisley design. Looks really nice.

  2. Awesome work Pat! It looks like your machine likes metallic thread, which is super nice. I've had machine or two like to eat metallic more than stitch it.



  3. I absolutely love your FMQ, it's stunning! I wish I could quilt like that!

  4. Nice work Pat! I'm taking a class from Angela Walters at quiltcon and I can't wait. She and Leah are both awesome!!

  5. Oh my goodness your FMQing projects look amazing! I've just starting doing that so I have a long way to go. It sure is fun though!

  6. Your FMQ is unbelievably awesome! I love the metallic!

  7. Your quilting pops so nicely.

  8. Looks like you had a great time and success with your FMQ - I really want to take Angela's on Craftsy since I'm not making it to QuiltCon.

  9. Both paisley designs are beautiful Pat! I do like the idea of no travel stitching!

  10. wow, that Paisley is just beautiful!
    I am stopping by from the WIP blog hop. I have my WIPs up today if you want to stop by :)

  11. Beautifully done! I aspire to stitch like you one day.

  12. your stitching is great. Nice. Sounds like it was a great class.

  13. How do you like the Angela Walter's book? Both versions of paisley look great! I'm intrigued by the FMQ that looks like a maze...what a fun class!

  14. i love angela's book...i also like her version on paisley as it is more open

  15. So glad to hear you got your machine whooped! Daring move on the metallic!! I love both of your paisleys!

  16. Paisleys are just pretty, both versions are done beautifully! And to get fabric dyeing done on top of all the other, including a class! Amazing!

  17. Wow, I absolutely LOVE both your paisleys! I'm so glad I just found your blog :o)

  18. Such beautiful quilting! Great job! Thanks for linking up to WIP Wednesday. : )


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