Friday, July 19, 2013

FMQ Friday - Like Riding a Bike

Free Motion Quilting Friday

Today is Free Motion Quilting Friday over at Leah Day's Free Motion Quilting Project.

The rules are simple:
  1. Link up with a post that features something about Free Motion Quilting (FMQ). 
  2. Somewhere in your post, you must link back to Leah's site, or you can just post the FMQF button in your sidebar. 
  3. Comment on at least a few of the other FMQF links. Share your love of free motion quilting and make this weekly link up a fun way to connect!  
Are you stunned to see this many posts from me in one week?  Me too!

Yes, it's FMQ Friday and I've actually done some FMQing this week.  I really should be working on the Family Ties quilt, but I wanted to really get the feel for it back before I worked on something where the quilting shows so much.  This Christmas table topper has been mocking me for far too long, and at this point I care more about it being done than perfect, so that's what I decided to work on.

I had a little breakthrough from my mental block on this one while looking at quilts from the Blogger's Quilt Festival.   Heidi's quilt, Imagination, from the blog Buttons and Butterflies, made me feel like a light bulb went on over my head. At first I thought I'd do the swags around the star points, but then I realized how much texture the clamshell design provided.  These were not nearly as hard as I thought - much like the feathers, it's a matter of practice and getting into a rhythm.

I love how these look, and now I just have the borders to go.  I think I already know what I'm going to do there, so I hope that by next FMQ Friday this will be on the FINISHED list.  I'm starting to consider the possibility that I might get all three of my Q3 FAL projects done before October.  I wonder what that would be like!

What are you quilting today?


  1. that clam shell is just gorgeous!

  2. Trying to figure out how to quilt a real quilt, with real piecing, is always difficult. So I always enjoy seeing what others are doing in that area.

  3. This is absolutely gorgeous! I'm excited to see it when it is completely finished.

  4. You did a great job! The shells look wonderful in that area of the quilt. Just perfect for it.
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  5. Love that clamshell look, too. I will have to try that sometime. And I love your quilt. It will look spectacular when it is finished.


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