Thursday, January 16, 2014

FMQ Practice Pot Cozy

I have been practicing my Free Motion Quilting (FMQ). I still feel like I have a long way to go but man I have come a long way. I think the turning point for me was doing a large charity quilt that was just made of 12 inch blocks, and trying a new quilting design in each block. This helped me practice moving in different ways, curves, diagonals, sharp corners, etc. I also was able to find several designs that really clicked with me. I decided to practice these on a larger scale with several quilts, made lots of mistakes, and that is how I have gotten to where I am today.

I found myself not being as precise as I should be because I knew something that little wouldn't show after I washed the quilt. I knew that to take myself to the next level that I would need to practice that fine motor skill so I decided to make a pot cozy with some orphan blocks that I had.

I had accidentally made these two birds backwards for a bee I was in but I loved them so I surrounded them in bright coordinating solids and spruced them up with some quilting around the edges.

Here is the front:

FMQ Pot Cozy Front


Here is the back:

FMQ Pot Cozy Back


And here are some close ups of the quilting that I did on the edges:

FMQ Pot Cozy Lime
FMQ Pot Cozy Blue
FMQ Pot Cozy Blue Swirl


This one is my favorite. :)

FMQ Pot Cozy Yellow


Pebbling can use some work on this side.

FMQ Pot Cozy Green Paisley


I would like to play with these two on a bigger scale:

FMQ Pot Cozy Orange
FMQ Pot Cozy Green


I had a strip left over and Alex kept asking for a bookmark so I made the leftover strip into a bookmark. A THICK bookmark. Hey, it's the thought that counts. I also sent some Banana Bread to make up for the unuseable bookmark. :)

Alex's Package, FMQ Bookmark


I'm glad with the progress I have made but I still have a long way to go. Don't we all?

Colby

Linking up to: Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts

6 comments:

  1. I'm right there with you with the FMQ thing! I did meander the heck out of a baby quilt I am working on finishing, but I need to find some ways to work on some other patterns.

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  2. I think your quilting looks great. Good on you. Love making those birds too

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  4. Rockin' the quilt designs!! Good for you!

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  5. This is so fun and a great small, yet extremely useful practice piece!

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  6. your fmq looks fantastic! it'll just keep getting better, as you do more. nice work!

    thanks for linking up to finish it up Friday!

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