Friday, April 3, 2015

Free Motion Friday - The Start of a New Quilt

Okay, so it has taken some time to get this quilt-a-long started. I have all of the blocks pieced and backed, ready to quilt. Remember: you can choose to follow this quilt OR design your own quilt. It can be an alternate grid like this OR a more traditional layout. The most important part is quilting.

This quilt was created with various sized pieces of solid fabric and a number of different strips from a Alison Glass jelly roll (2 1/2" wide by the width of the fabric)

Here are the blocks. Some will need to be trimmed, but since this is a quilt-as-you-go project, I saw no reason to do that now.
The blue outline shows the three columns of how the blocks will be assembled

I started quilting this small block as a warm-up to larger, more complicated FMQ blocks.

The FMQ on this block: started with stitching in the ditch, then a square spiral to the center of each colored block, echo lines (free-hand) on the white pieces between each spiral. On the outer strips, random jagged "teeth". I used Aurifil 50wt white thread in both the top and the bottom.

This will get you started on the first column, if you choose to follow this pattern.

Next week you can link up your work on next week's blog post or post it on ColorMeQuilty's Facebook page.

The very best part of doing a project together is the community spirit and learning. Remember Angela Walters saying - "A finished quilt is ALWAYS better than a perfect quilt."

Feel free to ask AND answer and questions in the comments here or on the Facebook page.

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1 comment:

  1. Fun and inspiring!
    Do you use pins or spray baste?
    I see that you are just using fleece as both batting and backing - any problems with stretching?
    I'm inspired and going to start playing.
    I think that this will work well with a pattern I've made a few times before (large centre, simple border, words "eat, play, sleep, repeat" appliqued on the solid .... lots of ideas churning around :)