I did my FMQ challenge for April. I wasn’t sure I’d like following a pattern but I had fun with it.
I stayed on the line pretty well and I love how it looks finished. I still need to to my block on my sampler quilt but I should be able to get that done over the next couple of days.
I didn’t even wait until the last day! Are you surprised because I sure am. I was so excited that this months guest teacher was Ann Fahl. Her book Thread Dancing was the first book on FMQ that I bought. I didn’t do the loops or the stars because I’ve had lots of practice with them since they are two of my favorite quilting designs. I’m quite proud of my spirals. I need to work on my speed control with them but I like how they worked. I’m not so good with the flowers. The ones that didn’t get messed up by my misbehaving bobbing looked ok but they are HUGE. I’m going to have to learn how to make them better and a little smaller.
So of course I chose the spirals for my sampler quilt. I knew I could get them to look at least halfway decent.
Here’s my first three months. I think that I’m doing ok. I definitely see improvement.
I also cheated a little and got an early start on one of my guilds next projects. We’re making a Stack-n-Whack and I couldn’t wait to see what would come out of my fabric. I also wanted to have some done so I could pick out a background at a great sale this weekend.
This is the only block that I have sewn so far and a scrap of fabric I had to test the kind of fabric I want to buy. I think that I really like the pink with it. Can’t wait to get more done and to be able to go shopping this weekend.
I finally made myself start the FMQ challenge for this month yesterday. This month’s post was by Diane Gaudynski and she showed how to do feathers. I am terrified of feathers I think if it weren’t for this challenge I would have been perfectly happy to go through my quilting life without making a single feather. That’s why it took half of the month to talk myself into trying this.
Here’s my first attempt. I figure if you stand back far enough and squint a little it looks pretty darn good.
I actually really like the top half of the second attempt. Don’t look to close at the bottom. I love the little branch off.
Here’s my sampler quilt so far. I didn’t show it last month for the very simple reason that it hadn’t been sewn yet. So here’s this month and last months blocks.
All in all while I am quite proud of my feathering efforts I still don’t see myself using them in a quilt anytime soon if ever. Thanks Diane for the tutorial though and thanks to http://sewcalgal.blogspot.com/ for putting this challenge together. I am enjoying this opportunity to learn more about FMQ and improve my skills.