Posts Tagged ‘fmq’

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27.7 Little Star Quilt

October 13, 2012

Wednesday I worked on 3 little quilts. I did a little more yesterday afternoon (before everyone else started #gdas) and finished up the last one. Well, maybe finished.

These are little quilts that I already had backing for, I had to match my batting scraps, Frankenstein one batting together (just a tad too short), and stitch them down to sew.

Today I have time to share with you the first little quilt I worked on quilting.  As you may be able to see (over the next several posts), these quilts are even smaller than my “don’t panic” quilt.

The first little quilt I had purchased the block from Fabric Recycles earlier this year, and I had bordered it a while ago.

Now I decided to take my recent ventures into FMQ and go to town on this quilt.

This probably has a little “too much FMQ” all in the same area.  As you can see, I have circles around the circles, and lines of quilting on the X’s (I may just applique a star in the middle of the quilt, don’t like the circle I ended up making).

Here are some better pictures of this little quilt.

Hmm. I can see this better when I zoom out, but I have rows of pearls quilted along the X, but in the middle of the rows I have some “l’s and upsidedown v’s”.  Its the same pattern I have in the borders.

Which is a cute pattern I drew in my notebook a while ago when I wasn’t stitching anything.

Starting to think in FMQ now. 🙂

Good sign.

Here’s a final picture of the little star quilt showing the whole thing.

One of my favorite Craftsy tips on FMQ is from the beyond basics Free Motion quilting class is to give yourself a little area just off the side of the quilt to correct tension issues on the quilt before starting.

This is the little green patch of fabric to the left of my previous picture.  This allowed me to play a lot with my tension before committing the stitches to the quilt.

Like how this turned out. Except the center circle, but again, a yellow/gold applique star will just do the trick there!

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21.2 Practicing quilting with paper

December 4, 2011

Sometimes you just have to make your own mistakes and make your own experiments before you believe a result that someone else has already warned you about.

I have been neglecting the FMQ on my giveaway quilt, probably since I haven’t FMQ’d since June. (That’s Free Motion Quilting, for the uninformed)

That and I really just want to piece my (other) quilts in my own room, around my own things, which leads me to procrastinate on this current project.

This quilt was supposed to be a quick quilt to get me to practice the FMQ, and that is starting to serve it’s purpose this early morning.

My experiment & hypothesis: I can FMQ through a freezer paper quilting template and still like the quilting results on the quilt when the freezer paper is removed.

First I took a paper copy of my design (Just ran the freezer paper copy through my printer) and pinned it down to the top of a practice quilt sandwich.

I quilted through that.  First, I locked up & realized how much lint is gathering under my metal plate, so spent a half hour ‘delinting’ my machine.

After all is lint free, I try again with the regular paper. I suppose this was my ‘control’ of my experiment.  To see if freezer paper would be easier than the regular paper.

Regular paper quilts through mostly fine, although at this point, I haven’t removed the regular paper yet, so this data is only halfway done.

Then decided I needed more time getting the rhythm for the design down, so I cut a smaller sandwich for the middle design & quilted it down.

So I took freezer paper and put it on my practice quilt sandwich and FMQ’d away.

I have only removed the paper from one of the flowers and leaves at this point, and although this technique I think would work, I am having reservations at how much this is pulling up the stitches.

One solution: faster foot pedal, slower hands.

This produces smaller stitches that would make it easier to tear away the paper and would prevent large loops coming undone

Another solution: tighten the tension on the top (?)

I am not sure but maybe a tighter tension would produce tighter stitches on the top.

Another solution: get the freezer paper wet with water to help remove the paper.

enough said.

Another solution: get a light weight quilting paper specially designed to dissolve away.

This would help with keeping the stitches close to the actual fabric underneath, perhaps also providing more tension all on it’s own. I don’t own any of this.

Another solution: trace the design from paper to the fabric using dressmaker’s carbon.

This way I don’t have to deal with the paper itself. Of course I don’t OWN any dressmaker’s carbon.

Another solution: trace the design onto tissue paper.

Same as the carbon, and I may actually have some. somewhere. Somewhere.Tissue paper’s thin.  May come with its own set of problems too though.

Another option: leave it – it’s working out ok enough.

I think this may work overall, if I decided to leave the freezer paper & tear it out by hand, I think this could be “good enough” and know that over time, I’ll get better. And hopefully the recipient would understand.

I realized that I never have come to this place before in my stages of quilting.

Which solution / option do you usually chose?  Reasons why?

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21.0 Small progress made post TDay

November 27, 2011

I had a great T Day, same as always, great food, cooking it overnight in a smoker (I wasn’t part of it, but was around at the time), games, family, planning black Friday (family was not me) finding out Christmas presents ideas, listening to endless complaints about how T Day is not T Day anymore, but “pre-christmas” – you know, the normal things.

Getting home, having to work & then getting the house back in order has been a little bit of the weekend. I personally prefer to work during black friday, which is okay, but makes the drive to work a little more busy.

Then I got sucked into a new present, which was given to me wednesday morning.  So I went back to tradition. sat down in front of the TV and didn’t surface for much of 2 days.

So I didn’t participate in Sandy’s AntiBlackFridaySewIn either, although I thought it was a cute idea.

I did have a hard deadline on a quilt block, so I did squeak this out.  I was intending to make this pattern for ME, but because of circumstances beyond my control, I haven’t done it yet, and this pattern was all cut out (three times) and so, it became a block for the person who is my partner on swap bot.

It’s called Utah Sparkler and I found it on Quilter’s Cache.

I replaced my seam ripper with a new one of the same (thanks Diane for your comment)

And then today in between laundry loads and food cleaning & prep I got out my book of quilting designs and made the design for the table runner for the giveaway from October.

Here’s my drawings.

And since you can’t see very detailed, here’s a picture of each of the sides, one plain:

And one with a start of a little more detail that I may try to put in the quilt.

I still have to consider the borders, and then I have to practice & transfer this to the fabric (or just iron on and sew through – this is on freezer paper).

Then after the borders are quilted I have to bind it. Then send it on it’s merry way. 🙂

Hopefully I’ll be able to make the quilting look as smooth as this drawing!

Love my book 501 quilting designs, that’s where these ideas come from.

A great starting point, I can’t recommend it enough for a quilting reference book!

Now to be settled on the borders for this quilt.  Something to contemplate before bedtime!  Good night everyone!