Saturday, February 18, 2012

FMQ for February

Today is the day.  I'm posting the February lesson on free motion quilting for the Free Motion Quilt Challenge hosted by Sew Cal Gal.
My sewing machine was getting serviced so I had lots of time to do practice drawings.  I forgot to mention that Diane Gaudynski is the February instructor and her feather designs are awesome.  So here are my drawings.
 When the sewing machine came back, I finally got to practice on my practice sandwiches.
I invested in a new open-toe free-motion quilting foot.  The foot that I originally got with the Bernina is an oblong, clear plastic foot and it worked really fine.  Diane Gaudynski suggested that an open-toe model would give a person more visibility and I have to tell you, it improved my free-motion by 99%.  Well, maybe not that much, but it certainly made the echo quilting easier and more comfortable.  

I got out the FMQ sampler and went to work.  Warm-ups out of the way and deep we go

This is so much fun.  I did some echoing and some stippling.  Also, some little circles.  I wrote my name in the left-hand corner.  Can you see it?

Ta-Da.  Thank you, Diane, for a great tutorial.  If you haven't joined the FMQ Challenge, do it now.  Just click on the button on the right side of my blog or the link in this post.    

Thanks for visiting today.  The sun is shining in my corner of the world.  Hope it's shining where you are.  


Barbara said...

Gorgeous. Great job.

Kay Lynne said...

I think your feathers look great! I also like your sketchbook--I use one to draw in for practice all the time.

Sandy said...

Diane, Your talent is overwhelming! Glad Bernie is back home. Beautiful feathers!!

Mary Ann said...

I'm sew glad I ordered an open-toe foot now and can't wait to use it!

Connie said...

Your feathers are beautiful! Love the echoing too!