I have been practicing my Free Motion Quilting (FMQ). I still feel like I have a long way to go but man I have come a long way. I think the turning point for me was doing a large charity quilt that was just made of 12 inch blocks, and trying a new quilting design in each block. This helped me practice moving in different ways, curves, diagonals, sharp corners, etc. I also was able to find several designs that really clicked with me. I decided to practice these on a larger scale with several quilts, made lots of mistakes, and that is how I have gotten to where I am today.
I found myself not being as precise as I should be because I knew something that little wouldn\’t show after I washed the quilt. I knew that to take myself to the next level that I would need to practice that fine motor skill so I decided to make a pot cozy with some orphan blocks that I had.
I had accidentally made these two birds backwards for a bee I was in but I loved them so I surrounded them in bright coordinating solids and spruced them up with some quilting around the edges.
Here is the front:
Here is the back:
And here are some close ups of the quilting that I did on the edges:
This one is my favorite. 🙂
Pebbling can use some work on this side.
I would like to play with these two on a bigger scale:
I had a strip left over and Alex kept asking for a bookmark so I made the leftover strip into a bookmark. A THICK bookmark. Hey, it\’s the thought that counts. I also sent some Banana Bread to make up for the unuseable bookmark. 🙂
I\’m glad with the progress I have made but I still have a long way to go. Don\’t we all?
Linking up to: Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts