Thursday, November 8, 2012

Practice, Practice, Practice

I have been practicing free motion quilting (PPP - the only real way to getting better) - I am trying out different designs.


This time I was trying out echoing the feathers (I realized with 100Wt thread the distance between the echoes should be quite small - less than 1/8").


I was also practicing layering the feathers.


Since we tend to do a better job practicing on an actual piece, I made this art quilt - I thought it would be interesting to pair a contemporary art quilt, with a more traditional quilt frame. It is 15" x 20".


I made this "Stupendous Stitching" piece to attach to the whole cloth quilt. It is 4" x 10.5", with machine and hand embroidery, couching, quilting, and beading. I used a rattail binding to finish it.



On the whole cloth quilt I left the area behind the embroidered piece puffy,


so that it would look like it was floating. I used a layer of cotton batting, with half a layer of wool batting on top.


The quilting on the whole cloth is done with Invisafil 100 Wt thread. I used a #80 Titanium needle (the same one that has been in my machine for a while).


I only roughly marked where the feathers were to go (because I wanted them to appear to come out of the couched lines on the embroidered piece), and I used a Hera marker to mark the grid for the Cathedral Windows background.


Tip - Don't be too critical of your work as you are quilting. You might be pleasantly surprised when it is all finished - keep quilting.


When I was quilting I thought all the echoing hid the feathers, but now that it is finished the feathers stand out fine.


Flocks of geese heading south - not a good sign (we are expecting a big snow storm this weekend!).


I managed to catch two nuthatches at the bird feeder - they are so fast.


The partridge flock were doing a funny "hoppy" walk through the yard (not their normal funny, regular walk that reminds me of the Partridge Family tv show). When they came close I could see that their little feet were covered in mud - poor things.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

15 comments:

Linda Moran said...

What a great idea! Gives me a lot to think about in incorporating quilted marbled fabric on a piece. Thanks for the idea!!

Fiesta said...

Joanne, your quilting is gorgeous. Did you use the trapunto technique?

Missie of Hallbrook Designs said...

My goodness...you are getting really good at this!!! I am so impressed and jealous! Maybe I should find time to take that class you took. You are doing wonderful!

Sue said...

Gosh I think your FMQ is just gorgeous.

I noticed a 'Thread Head' in Leah Day's Craftsy FMQ class. Is that you? I am enjoying her class. Se is very thorough.

Anyway, I have a long way to go on my FMQ. Yours is just gorgeous.

Joan said...

Joanne - the is SO gorgeous! Your quilting is amazing. I really love the direction you are moving into. Your descriptions are great!

Lori S said...

Absolutely beautiful Joanne. Makes me want to go and practice!

Raewyn said...

Yep, I'm practising too!!! SO beautiful Joanne!!

Darlene D said...

Wow, it's beautiful! Can't imagine ever getting enough practice to make something like that!

lcbquilts said...

Wow this is wonderful I've been pratcicing as well haven't attempted feathers yet, but maybe will give it a try.

Sheila said...

WOW , that is gorgeous , just beautiful and I love the little addition ,great job!!

Barb said...

Your quilting is looking so good! This is a great piece and I love how the stitching piece looks like its floating!

Coffee Break Whatever said...

Do you have any tutorials on how you FMQ a twin size on a regular machine? I have been trying, but meandering all I can do. I can't manuever that bulk in the machine enough to make these beautiful patterns you show/do. Any suggestions?

Julia said...

Amazing quilting, I love what your doing Joanne....beautiful!

I find it so hard to sit and practice, not just the time, I just want to do it. I know that's never going to be good.
Julia♥

Caroline Heinrichs said...

Ok, so practicing is on my to do list from now on, your beautiful peice has confirmed it. I must give this a serious go at free motion machine quilting.
Carli

Ray said...

Oh my gosh, this is just amazing!!! Your work takes my breath away. :-)