Free Motion Quilting practice

I sewed a number of things last week including bibs for a friend’s baby and a little lavender sachet but nothing big.

This past weekend I singed up for the Craftsy class, Design It, Quilt It: Free Form Techniques with instructor, Cindy Needham. This is an excellent class and Cindy is a great teacher if you want to learn detailed and heirloom free motion quilting.

I used my Easy jellyroll star orphan block since the corners were pieced in Kona snow in error, as practice. I used glass bowls to create the arc designs and drew 1/2″ grids in the corners. Deciding which pattern goes where is a hard decision, you never know what it’s really going to look like until it’s complete and if you don’t like it, too bad. I used Aurifil 50wt thread for the piecing and quilting, it’s the finest I have. Gutermann 50wt is just too thick.

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Cathedral Windows

Echoed Daisy

Echoed Daisy

Feathers and Pebbles

It is tedious but rewarding but I managed to quilt all of this by noon, walked the dog and got on the treadmill.

Mo Hexies

All I’ve been able to accomplish lately is hand sewing hexies, the weather is still too nice to sit and sew in the basement, especially when I know that cooler weather is on it’s way and will be here for a long time. But still, I’m done with the sun beating down on me, I need┬árelief.

Designer Hexies

I feel so decadent using designer fabrics for hexies like Joel Dewberry’s Heirloom, Tula Pink’s Pince Charming, Melissa Averinos’ now out of print Swoon and Amy Butler’s Soul Blossoms. I’d like to incorporate Cathedral Windows into this configuration for something off the beaten path.