Sunday, January 13, 2013

On an FMQ Roll

Scrappy Comfort - detailI seem to be on a free motion quilting roll. The weather outside has been frightfully cold, so staying inside and quilting this weekend had a lot of appeal.

Yesterday, I came downstairs in my pajamas, went into the studio with my morning latté and kept quilting until late in the afternoon--still in my pajamas.  While I was making my late lunch/early dinner, I enjoyed a nice sunset over the neighborhood and laughed at the realization that the sun was setting and I was still in my PJs.


Sunset over the Neighborhood

The quilt I'm working is among the oldest, if not the oldest, of my many UFOs.  It is made from some signed comfort blocks, larger orphan blocks, itty bitty 3-inch 9-patches and some additional snowball blocks and flying geese--added to make my comfort quilt large enough (66-inches square) to be comforting.


Scrappy Comfort - In Progress

At this point, I've quilted the snowballs blocks, the large blocks and the small 9-patches.  The quilting has been a mix of loopy feathers, tiny spirals and lots of pebbles.  I started quilting this project in October with an attitude of using it as an opportunity to practice and improve. I picked it up again yesterday and I think that my practice may be working.  My FMQ technique still has a long ways to go, but I see progress and that motivates me to keep rolling along ....

Feathers, spirals and pebbles

I'm not completely sure how I want to quilt the 9-patches, so I decided it was time to break for some stretching and something to eat ... and to pin it up and think about it.

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16 comments:

Stella Nemeth said...

I like how you are handling the quilt. I love feathers too, but where do you put them on a real quilt?

I haven't stayed in my pjs quilting all day, but it sounds like fun.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

I think your're doing a great job quilting this. Have you looked at a FMQ book for a pattern? I have one that shows a lot for squares like this...you could do oval shapes from the center of the block and out over the squares....oh goodness; does that make sense to you??? lol

Pat Merkle said...

Love the quilting! Must be the PJs! :)

Quilting Babcia said...

Beautiful quilting! And this is a perfect quilt for lots of different motifs. You won't get bored quilting this beauty!

Wilma NC said...

It looks great!! Haven't stayed in my pajamas for a while. Maybe if the weather turns cold...

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

What a perfect quilt to try out different kinds of quilting... It looks great!

Sharron Keck said...

It's a beautiful sampler - and your quilting stitching is wonderful. I never heard the term 'comfort quilt' but I think it's a good term for curling up in it on the sofa with a nice book.

Karen at Fireball said...

Gah! That's how I could have gotten more sewing in today--not bother to get dressed! : )

But seriously, this is a nice sampler quilt. It does look like it will be very comforting when in use, and even when just looking at it.

Karen at Fireball said...

Gah! That's how I could have gotten more sewing in today--not bother to get dressed! : )

But seriously, this is a nice sampler quilt. It does look like it will be very comforting when in use, and even when just looking at it.

ratama said...

Oh yes, PJ Quilting is the best ;) Nice work!

Linda in Calif. said...

I love the hodge-podgeness of this quilt. Very pretty. I can't imagine staying in my pj's all day, I just can't. It's as foreign to me as quilting in a ball gown with long gloves. LOL!

sophie said...

One day last week I realized I was quilting with my clogs on ... another rarity for me, because i'm usually a shoes-off sewer.

scraphappy said...

Glad you were able to get so much done! I think everyone needs a pajama day now and them. Your quilting is looking great. Practice makes such a huge difference

mycreativecorner3 said...

PJ day!!! I love that idea... I do most all of my fmq as improv and without much planning. Practice makes perfect and your quilt is lovely!

Chris said...

The quilting looks wonderful

ANudge said...

What a wonderful quilt that is turning out to be. It's too cold to work in my sewing room, so I'm moving into the living room. Love the quilting. What fun you are having.

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