Sunday, April 12, 2015

FMQ Class and Progress

First I just want to mention that my Free Motion Quilting Class is being offered again this spring. The class is listed online here. The class was very successful last fall and I am really looking forward to this one. This time there will be four classes.

I did some free motion quilting last week when I finished piecing this leader/ender project. Little thimbles that are just over an inch tall. Hard to believe this mug mat is made up of 198 thimbles. It is 11"x19" (after washing).


I used some 30Wt Sulky variegated thread for the quilting. Here I "auditioned" the thread (I chose the  green one in the top left hand corner). I used a #90 Titanium needle for this thread, with regular sewing thread in the bobbin (a dark beige colour).


All the seams were spiralled so they would lay flat (the top of the thimbles are 1/2").


I chose an all over meander for the quilting, because I love quilting this design and I like the crinkly look it gives after washing. The fabric is "Old is New Fabric" by Lecien.


Since it is for hot mugs I used two layers of cotton batting- cotton lays flat, and two layers really protect the table from heat (I don't always have foil batting, but I have small pieces of leftover batting). Two layers of cotton are also great because they can absorb a whole mug of hot liquid (ask me how I know!).


I have been sewing Courthouse Steps blocks, 34 so far with 20 left to sew.


The last of the snow is almost melted,


and the tulips have started growing!

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

7 comments:

Julianne said...

Love those scrappy thimbles...so cute!

Ann at Prairie Primrose said...

I love those little thimbles! They are so cute! Your courthouse steps is looking good too!

Raewyn said...

The thimbles sound extra tiny - so many to make up one mug mat! I love your courthouse steps, it's growing so quickly - must be the streamlined cutting system, having them all ready to go!

Vickie said...

1 inch !!! The back almost looks as nice as the front!

Scrappy quilter said...

Love the thimble quilt. Lovely!

Unknown said...

Where do you live? Here in Tuscaloosa, AL the azaleas and the wisteria are blooming. We moved here from central IL almost two years ago, and have not missed the Illinois winters at all:). Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

Barb said...

wee what a sweet little thimble quilt!
Your courthouse steps are looking great.
glad spring is finally coming to you