Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Free-Motion Quilting Challenge/secret revealed

Wendy Sheppard is our FMQing expert for August at !Insights From SewCalGal. She showed us how to stitch a great design called Jester's hat. She also offered a second variation to give a Fleur de Lis look. Both designs were fairly easy to create. But I did have placement problems. I quilted myself in more than a few times. I tried to use Leah Day's quilting in rows method. Either it won't work for this design, or I need Leah to show me how to make it work:/. 

Even with my problems, I love how both designs turned out. Just when I was thinking, how can any of our experts possibly come up with a new design, I was pleasantly surprised with this one:)

OK here is the big secret revealed!!! This is one of the reasons I have been late on my homework for weeks on the Quilt Along Wednesday's. I have been dying to share;)

Diane Bohn from blank pages... is hosting the Friendship Quilts Blog Hop. She asked little ole me with only 69 followers to be a part of it! When she asked, I thought what a great idea! As I have been going through this, I have changed my opinion to what an AWESOME idea!!

Here is how it works. Think 80's. think friendship bracelets. Think about who is your BFF! Now make a quilt, mug rug, wall hanging, purse, or whatever your heart desires based on your favorite friendship bracelet design. But check out the list of Awesome bloggers first and get some awesome inspiration!!!!

You can find out about all of the details about the friendship Blog Hop HERE. Grab a button while you are there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
3: Friendship Quilts Kick Off! at from blank pages..., THAT'S DIANE!
4: Diane of from blank pages..., Diane again, She'll share her project and a tutorial first
5: Whitney of The Peacock Tree
6: January T of Sew Sew Go
7: Melinda of Quirky Granola Girl

10: Courtney of Mon Petit Lyons
11: Jill of Made with Moxie
12: Danielle of Fresh off the Spool
13: Kelsey of Kelsey Sews
14: Kristy of Quiet Play

17: Marika of Live, Laugh, Love... Sew
18: Karen of Sew Well Maid
19: Rachael of imagine gnats
20: Katie of There & Back
21: Lori of Lori H. Designs

24: A SURPRISE LINKY PARTY OPENS!!! (You do NOT want to miss this one!)
25: Secret
26: Secret
27: Secret
28: Link up closes for projects
30: Suprise Linky closes
October 1st: at from blank pages...  Judges Picks announced, Random drawing for the rest of the prizes,

NOW, get your wheels spinning and use those great Free-Motion Quilting skills you have been developing. I know you all will make an awesome Friendship Quilt. And tell your friends. Maybe they will make YOU one :)))))))))))


  1. Danielle, you must have more hours in your day that I do. You seem to accomplish so much and do it so well.

    1. Thanks, but really I need MORE hours!!!! That would be so helpful!

  2. Your Jester hats look great! Can't tell that you got 'stuck'. I do love the texture the design creates. I just had to really think hard about where to go next - maybe I just have an old mind! Congrats to you for being on the Friendship Quilts Blog Hop - can't wait to see what you create! ~Jeanne

    1. It wasn't an easy one to quilt in rows. At least not for me. I had to really think about where I was going too. But thanks:D

  3. I think your hats turned out really well....I can only hope mine looks somewhat like hats....lol

    1. Thank you. I'm sure yours will turn out great! Can't wait to see it:)

  4. you did a great job on the quilting challenge! I have to say, I am VERY jealous you are part of the Friendship Quilts Blog Hop. It looks like a really fun one!

    1. You can be a part of it too! There will be great prizes!!! I am really proud of what I have to show for the blog hop! Maybe my best work yet.(not bragging, just stoked how a few rules and guidelines really get your creative juices flowing!) I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!

  5. how fun! i'm glad you are in the friendship quilts blog hop too. thanks for the comment on my blog :)

  6. you did wonderfully well on this challenging challenge