Now, I’d like to tell you a bit more about a couple of those pillows I’ve made for family members…. These are gifts that are a kind of a pre-cursor to next year. The recipients will be getting quilts next year to match these pillows. I couldn’t get the quilts done so they will get these pillows in the same colour/pattern that their quilts will be.
This one was a fun piecing experience. I took a picture of an arrow quilt I found on-line and ‘tweaked’ it to fit my pillow (26″ square). It took a bit of math (not my strong suit) and only a tiny bit of wasted (scrap-bin) fabric. The colours don’t show very well here. This is black with lime green. It is very striking in real life. I took the “easy” way out and did straight line quilting but I did it with my FM foot. I wanted practice at straight lines without the walking foot/feed dogs helping. I also did not break thread once! That was also a goal. Yay me!
This one in particular was fun! I made the chevrons using strips instead of HST’s! Much quicker to piece together. Some of the points don’t exactly match but that’s ok. I may make the quilt with HST because I seem to match seams better that way. I totally went crazy with the quilting! I tried a new FMQing technique in each colour bar.
First time for pebbles and first time for feathers. The pebbles got WAY better at the end! The feathers were the opposite. I like the first few I did much better than the ones at the end. Was I rushing? Getting cocky? Not sure but feathers are not my favourite pattern anyway so I won’t be devastated if I don’t master them. I’ll still work on them though. It’s good practice for other patterns I’d like to do.
First time for leaves/vines. By this time I was getting really good at stitch regulation. My stitches are still kind of big but they are (mostly) the same size.
And first time for swirls. I’m only showing the back view because the quilting didn’t really show up on the front. Swirls are my favourite so far. I’m loving the circular motion of it all.
All of the back views are on the inside of the pillow and will never be seen, so any weird edging or half swirl patterns look like they belong on the front. I’m actually pretty proud of my FMQing! I did notice my tongue was sticking out to the side of my mouth during some of these more difficult patterns :-). Much like when I was a child learning to write! I guess it is pretty much the same thing. Once I get the ‘hang’ of it, I think I just may be ok at this. You have no idea how happy that makes me. I’ve been very determined to learn machine quilting. I’m a hand-quilter first but I am loving the speed and versatility of machine quilting. I’d never be able to finish 3 king sized quilts, a throw and all the other items I’ve made this year if I’d hand quilted them all. I can now keep up with my to-do list with quilts in the queue.
I must say, all of this FMQ
madness fun is all due to Leah Day and her Craftsy class. I’m about half-way through the class and I’m already hooked on FMQ! I love how the quilt “dances” around as I’m quilting.
No sewing fun tomorrow but I’ll be back at it on Sunday!