I finished Red Chevy Crush a couple of weeks ago.
I didn’t blog about it because I really only have time to blog 1x/week. And the last two week’s posts were about my blog’s birthday giveaway and the giveaway winner .
This post is a little longer because I have some catching up to do.
Ok, so…I’ve been free motion quilting, herein referred to as FMQ. In an effort to get good at it…and I DO want to be good, I started the #dailyfmq challenge on Instagram (it goes through 9/22/14). It challenges me to practice for at least 10 mins/day. I had previously enrolled in two Craftsy quilting classes (one of which I wrote about here) but I haven’t really done what qualifies as practice until about 2 weeks ago.
|Also practicing w/Paint|
I’ve been doing my FMQ practice on this Autumn quilt top I finished a few weeks ago. I’m quilting something different on each piece w/in a block.
I don’t mean to toot my own horn…but toot toot! I already feel and see a difference in my FMQ.
The other challenge I’m participating in is the #ablockadaychallenge on Instagram. I’ve been making Bento Box blocks for a charity quilt for QA .
I’m not sure if this qualifies as a notion or gadget, but a friend told me about Clearly Perfect Angles and how it works beautifully for sewing HST and mitered binding, so I ordered it. It’s perfect! And speaking of mitered binding, I found and used this sanity-saving tutorial for a mitered join.
I attempted to make my first pattern tutorial for something scrappy but I don’t like how it turned out at all. A solid fabric would’ve improved the look, but I’m still not liking the center either.
Maybe pattern tutorials aren’t my thing just yet. In the mean time, I will continue to use other peeps’ patterns and tutorials, like the tons of free lovelies I came across on Quilter’s Cache.
My grandson was bugging me about sewing so last week I gave him a crash course and helped him make a Tube Pillowcase using this YouTube video tutorial…but I also just found this pdf using a slightly different method.
We went camping over the Labor Day weekend and aside from fear of being mauled by a bear while sleeping, it was fun.
A Thread for Life
This life is a journey we walk by faith
Say Amen – Finding Favour
I’m linking up on TGIFF , Whoop Whoop, Free Motion Mavericks, Free Motion by the River AND Let’s Bee Social!
Have I gone overboard w/the Linkys? Is there such a thing? I hope not.
35 thoughts on “Friends, Challenges and a Finish”
I love the poem! Your FMQ is looking good. I need to get back to practicing, got a new machine recently and feel like I am back to square 1!
Thank you Lisa. I think the saying, “if you don't use it, you lose it” applies to FMQ. If I miss 1 day it feels like I'm back to square one. I'm hoping this is not the case if I continue to do it.
I think your quilting is looking really great!!
Thanks Christine. Practice practice practice!
I love the chevron quilt and your FMQ looks great! You sure have been busy.
Thank you Sarah. There's never a dull moment over here. =)
Is it just me or does your scrappy look better turned round so that the stripes in the centres are horizontal instead of vertical? I wouldn't give up on it – it's not far off being great! I admire your discipline in practicing every day – it's definitely paying off.
Well done with the FMQing – I must admit I havn't the patience – much happier hand quilting. xx
Your grandson is beautiful and looks so thrilled with his pillowcase. Who says sewing is just for girls?
Your FMQ flowers are really neat – the practice is definitely paying off. Would you like to link up with Free Motion Mavericks on my blog? It would be great to see you there.
Lovely poem too. It was nice coming across it on a Sunday morning.
Love from England, Muv
You're right it does look better w/the stripe horizontal. Thanks for the encouragement Kaja. I will keep practicing. =)
Hey Lin. Thanks. I plan to try hand quilting someday too…on a small wall hanging or something.
Thank you Muv. He is beautiful. I like to think of him as “the cat's meow”. Practice is paying off. Of course I'd like to link up w/FMM on your blog. Thanks for the invite. I'm no poet but I came up w/that rhyme pretty quick when I didn't know what the heck to put in my bio on Instagram. Then I really liked it and added to “About Me” on blogger AND G+
You've got some great stuff going on here! Love the Red Chevy Crush, including the name! And your star string quilt is very cool indeed. Good for you, taking off on the FMQ and doing a fine job of it already!
Oh my you have a lot happening! I love the chevron, I never get tired of seeing them. Your quilting is looking good. Keep practicing! And I just LOVE the picture of your grandson sewing. I enjoyed reading your post, and I'll say “Amen”
Thank you P. A crush I had inspired the quilt and the name. =)
I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for stopping by. Amen!
Wow Zenia! You had quite an amazing week – beautiful work on your FMQ practice, quilt blocks and a great finish on Chevy Crush! I Love that your grandson wanted to try sewing – he looks so adorable with that big smile, showing off his pillowcase! I love the verses – something good to remember. And congrats on Ivy's housebreaking too. Yep – quite a week!
Thanks Lara. I'm exhausted right about now. I'm so thankful I don't get this way often.
You have totally nailed the woodgrain! So glad you're enjoying it. Thanks for letting me know!
Thanks to your wonderful tutorial! Thank you!
Zenia, I am crushing on your red chevrons! 😉
Thank you for stopping by and commenting. Red Chevy Crush was fun to make. I used a strip/brick method.
I love your Red Chevy Crush — love, love, love grey and red together! Keep up the great work on the FMQ — beautiful! Thanks for linking up TGIFF!
And your quilting looks fabulous! Keep going!
Just as I read the last word about Ivy using the dog door, I heard a dog at my door. I got up from my chair, opened the door, and there were all three of the bums (Teddy, Georgia and Roo my kitty) waiting for me, their butler, to do their bidding. You definitely got something good going on there! I'm impressed with all of your work! Hope you are practicing in part to use my big monster machine!
awww. Thank you for stopping by! =)
Thanks Katy. I'm going to keep going even though I still get frustrated!
Butler…LOL. Thanks Greta. I have 2 for sure that I'm bringing w/to quilt on your new monster machine! So looking forward to it.
Wow, what a jam packed post. Your grandson is adorable! I'm going to do some research on that mitre tool. I'm not sure what Ivy is but she is so cute. I'm with you on the FMQ. Trying to get my skills up to speed. Your samples look great! I hope you get your tutorial kinks smoothed out. So far it looks great to me. Blessing!
Oh you mean the lines under A Thread for Life. It's actually a song…and currently one of my favorites
It is obvious to me that you are active in this wonderful online quilting community, Zenia. And I am sew glad to have you for a friend! Your FMQ is coming along nicely. I have always been a fan of that wood grain, too! How fun to spend a day sewing with your grandson. Nice pillowcase! He looks so proud. Amen!
You are so right about the FMQ and practice. Just doing a little each day helps so much, your FMQing looks very good.
Hi Gayle, most of my posts are jammed as I usually only post on Friday. Ivy is an Australian Cattle Dog aka Queensland Heeler aka Blue Heeler. Thank you for visiting and all of the compliments.
Hi Lorna. I want to have an “established” blog, so I'm as active as time allows me to be. Thank you for checking me out.
Thank you Cheryl. I'm so new that when I skip even just a day it's like I'm back at square one, but I'm going to keep practicing.