Friday, April 12, 2013

Free Motion Quilting / Finish It Friday

Lately I have been doing a lot of experimenting with techniques new to me.
This week I tried a FMQ tip that has been in the back of my mind for some time now, so I thought I would link up with Leah Day's FMQ Friday Party ..
I tried this sticker tip and stitched all around them.  It worked best stitching close to the sticker edges, and I wish I had done more than I did on my practice sandwich. The stickers did not catch the foot much, and I got pretty good at it by the time I completed the quilt, but I did wish I had placed the stickers closer together, and it probably took longer than it would have had I just marked it.

In the future, I may use the stickers for general layout, by placing them randomly to mark size and placement references for FMQ. Perhaps to mark a quilt, or to practice repetition.
And this may have worked better with smaller dots.

And to celebrate another finish, I linked with TGIFF, hosted this week at Quilt Matters, and with Crazy Mom Quilts, to share my curvy-pieced, minky dot-backed, and machine-binded baby quilt, three more new techniques for me:-)
 Many times I think I will do a binding by machine and end up doing my traditional, hand-stitched binding, but it seems suitable for this type quilt and the minky kinda hides the topstitch.
 I did not use a batting, and I quilted with large loops , and wavy lines. I used pins every 2", which actually made it hard to keep smooth stitching loopsies since the pins were always in the way.
Last week I was the lucky Quilt Along winner over at Christa's Quilts. When she mentioned I could opt for store credit rather than the titanium needles and batting tape (both of which I do want to try), I shamefully turned my winnings toward fabric from her awesome clearance section,
AND I qualified for Christa's Candy/mystery scraps as well...  I LOVE her store!
And I LOVE to find fabric in my mailbox!


  1. Stickers: great idea! Did you try to quilt close to them, or leave some space?

  2. What a great idea to use stickers! Great job on the quilting, Heidi -- it complements the quilt beautiful!

  3. Cari has a good question so I went in and edited my post a bit. I really like this quilt and do kinda regret having experimented with my quilting on it. Overall I am happy though, and I think it will improve once I get the binding done and can give it a fluff-up wash.

  4. Wow - way to go with all the new forays! Hey - you know what's great about experimenting on a quilt you like? Future sentimental value. :) It's very fun down the road to pick up a quilt your heart likes and really smile at the progress you've made since that point. It's a quirky sentimental thing.

  5. Your FMQ looks great. I have never heard the tip on the stickers. How clever!

  6. Hello Heidi,

    Absolutely love the quilt, and the quilting looks great.

    Love from England,


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