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Saturday, May 19, 2012

FMQ Challenge

Here is my May entry for this months FMQ Challenge bySewCalGal. You can find it here. The lesson this month is by my favorite FMQuilter, and teacher extraordinaire, Leah Day. If you haven't checked her out yet, do so!!! You will learn loads!


First I stitched Railroad Tracks.


Then on to Double Stippling. I enjoyed stitching both of these designs. They were just fun to do. They didn't require a lot of thought once you got the foundation stitch down. Now, I have to admit, I did cheat a little bit drawing a chalk line on the initial foundation line. I did this because for one, It's my first time stitching this design, and 2 , I have plans of putting these big 12 1/2 in. blocks in a QAYG quilt. I promise, I will stitch these again without cheating :) Or wait, maybe not. You see, my definition of a Modern Quilter is a quilter of the current times who doesn't follow the rules! ha!


I also finally tried Zippling. I love the way it turned out, but I have to say, I did not enjoy stitching this design as much as the first 2. I think it is because of all of the stopping and starting. Although, you would have that in Railroad Tracks too. Railroad Tracks just seemed to be more fun to stitch:P

Anyway, I am getting smarter. I am cutting all of my practice FMQ designs ALL THE SAME SIZE, so I can use them in a QAYG quilt! I have never made a QAYG quilt, but I really like quilting manageable sizes. I went with the size of 12 1/2 in to have a nice big size to practice on and so I will have a nice size quilt in no time(hopefully).

23 comments:

  1. WOW, looks amazing! Both your double stippling and railroad tracks looks perfect! I like the idea of making a QAYG-quilt, using all your practice blocks, especially since they look so gooood :-)

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    1. Thank you! I have to wait until Leah gets back to stitch some new designs for my QAYG quilt, now. I could go ahead and go forward, but I feel like that would defeat the purpose of using practice pieces.

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  2. Looks wonderful! You do such beautiful stitching! Great idea to make all of your practice blocks the same size! I need to do that with some coordinating fabric! I didn't enjoy stitching the Zippling - it almost seemed like work! Keep up the fantastic work! ~Jeanne

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    1. Thank you! And I agree. Zippling was work! I kept putting it off and now I know why.

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  3. You are getting really good at FMQ. Great work.

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  4. Oh wow, these look GREAT!

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  5. Dani - your challenge from SewCalGal looks absolutely professional! (I know where you've been practicing!)

    You go, girl!

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  6. Very Nice!! I like your thinking in size...my practice pieces are small and I'm using a ton! LOL I can't wait till Leah's book is done. I want one.

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    1. Yep! I started with smaller quilt sandwiches, but I'm all about shortcuts. Bigger ones will be quicker to QAYG!!! :)

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  7. the railroad quilting is nice and consistent...you are doing well...i am making a quilt top with these practice blocks we are making...hope it looks ok when it is finished

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    1. Thanks! And we may as well put all these practice pieces to good use!

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  8. Definitely mark the lines if it makes you feel better! I have trouble disengaging that "perfectionist" side of my brain so will often mark things like the foundational line just to get it just "right".

    Really there's no wrong way to go with it, just that marking does take a few more minutes to get started, but then again that is time saved if it stops you from making a mistake and having to rip something out. Just keep it all in perspective and forge ahead as a modern free motion quilter (no rules, just texture!)

    Cheers!

    Leah

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    1. Thanks as always for your encouragement! I won't feel guilty about marking my lines now :) I tend to be a perfectionist too.

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  9. I think your stipples, and your zipple, look very good!

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  10. Woohoo, you won Sew Cal Gal May Challenge. Congratulations!!!!!!

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    1. YA!! Woo hooo! This totally made my day! And how sweet to win on Leah's month :)

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  11. Congratulations Danielle on your Win for May challenge. Way to go girl!

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