Thursday, December 6, 2012

December Free Motion Quilting Challenge

The December Sew Cal Gal Free Motion Quilting Challenge was with Patsy Thompson, and it was all about borders.

It is always good to try something new, and this month for me is was  feathers on a "roller coaster" spine. Since I don't have the bendable ruler that Patsy Thompson talked about, I made a template with paper to mark the spine - although I didn't stitch the spine first like I normally do. On the video Patsy showed a beautiful way to quilt feathers that was also new to me.

I used a dark purple 50Wt thread for quilting the feathers,

it is easier to see them on the back.

the border was a mirror image
Then I added "hyper quilting" with a green thread.

Hard to see the feathers on the front in this photo, but the hyper quilting helped the design to be more visible in real life. I can't wait to try this style of quilting out on some plainer fabric.
Thanks to Patsy Thompson for a wonderful lesson!

It is sad to see the challenge come to an end. Thank-you so much SewCalGal!

Here is a post on my finished sampler quilt.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Also thanks to everyone who left comments about adding photos on blogger (I have used up all my available space and didn't want to buy more). I now use my "point and shoot" camera set to the smallest picture setting, and have no problems uploading pictures.


Lesley said...

Wonderful quilting, as usual!

Heather said...

very nice quilting. i had intended to do the challenge each month but life was too hectic with dad being sick.
I also ran out of photo space, but splurged and bought some, it's rather inexpensive and it gives more space than i'll need. Hubby disagrees with me spending money for photos but for me it works.

Missie of Hallbrook Designs said...

You are doing awesome! I envy your talent and time you have put into this challenge! Good you are an A+ quilter!!

Barb said...

great feathers.
Congrats on doing the year long Challenge.
you are FMQ like a pro now!

Ruth said...

Lovely! I like your idea of having a paper template for the border. I have one of the bendable rulers - a shorter one - but I don't really like it very much. It doesn't seem to hold it's shape real well. It worked for my small sample OK. I still have long borders to do on my quilt, so I think I'll make something like you used for those.

Joan said...

Joanne - your quilting is stunning and I so love your work.

Raewyn said...

It's great Joanne - those feathers turned out really well - I cant wait to do mine!!!