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?


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


  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.

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

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    1. Original design! I really like your work. Please keep up!

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

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

  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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