Tuesday, April 17, 2012

FMQ Challenge for April

April's FMQ instructor is Don Linn, aka Mr. Quilt, and he presented his technique of  drawing a quilt design on tulle and transferring that design onto the quilt.  What a fantastic way to quilt those complex designs.

I first selected the design.  I borrowed Don Linn's book Sophisticated Stitches from the library and selected the ones that looked interesting and doable for me.
 Then I transferred that design onto tulle which was inserted in an embroidery hoop.  I didn't have actual tulle.  Instead, I had some netting which seemed to work just as well.
 Then I traced the design onto my quilt fabric using the water erasable blue pen.  I used plain muslin as my practice piece.
 And off I went to the sewing machine.  In no time at all I was done quilting this design.  That was so much fun I decided to do another..and another..and, another.  I had four samples finished and put together using the Quilt As You Go Method on Leah Day's blog.

 This is the muslin side
This is the other blue side.

I liked that feather design so well that I decided to use that on my FMQ sampler.  I also added some echo quilting around the design.
 This is the pink side of the sampler
This is the green side

What a great way to replicate and transfer complex designs on the quilt.  Thank you, Don, for giving us this lesson.

5 comments:

Tammy said...

Great job Diane. Your quilted designs look fantastic! What did you mark your quilt top with and how did you remove the markings?

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

you did a great job on this

Mary Ann said...

I love the feather design, too. Great idea to utilize your local library!

CaroleM said...

Looks great!!

ANudge said...

Wow - your sampler is tops! Congrats on a fine practice piece.