My Comfortable “Go To” Quilting

I pulled this fabric to make a quilt for a new baby boy at church.

The shower decor was my inspiration for the fabrics I chose.

Here it is in the flimsy state (quilt top).

Whenever I start a quilt, especially a smaller one, it’s always with the idea of quilting it w/FMQ (free motion quilting).

I’ve practiced FMQ in spurts in the past but not with enough regularity to allow me to feel comfortable and confident enough to finish an entire quilt, no matter the size.

I hadn’t practiced in awhile, but I thought that taking one of Angela Walter’s Quilting Clinics would be enough of a refresher. I did the Ultimate Block Busters class.

Angela is an amazing person! It was such a treat spending time with her. I learned so much and was so inspired by all she taught and the quilts she showed, I just knew I was going to jump on that Amara and stitch magically. Sadly, that didn’t happen.

I have quilted on a longarm using pantographs but FMQ takes A LOT of consistent practice and I hear tell it’s jumpstarted and enhanced with doodling.

Anyway, back to the baby quilt…I finished it w/my “go to” which is organic wavy lines quilted w/an even-feed/walking foot. And of course it turned out great.

But I’m never going to get better staying in my comfort zone. Therefore, on my honor, I WILL start doodling AND practicing FMQ more often! 🙋🏽‍♀️

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Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us — to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. – Ephesians‬ ‭3:20-21‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

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Finishes and Such Not Yet Shared

There were several months not long ago when I wasn’t very active on the blogging front, but I was somewhat productive on the quilting front.

Here are a few finishes and other thangs I haven’t shared w/y’all.

This Disappearing Nine Patch was made for my grandbaby Cali who was born last August.

This is my 1st version of Straits and Arrows, and it was made for my great/grand nephew Kyrie, born last September.

Here are 3 more Straits and Arrows flimsies made by some awesome friends who volunteered to test my pattern. The pattern should be available in my pattern shop w/in the next month.

I made this lovely for a little of a close family friend. The pattern is called Kite Flight by Janice Ryan for Robert Kaufman.  My colors remind me of strawberries, bananas and ice cream!20161126_075555

This butterfly fabric was short curtains me and a friend found at Goodwill. I recycled them into long curtains for her nursery.20170122_130057

This is an old Southern Belle quilt I ditched for a friend. It was made by her elderly aunt who passed away a couple of years ago. I love all the different fabric combinations she used.20170122_202418

My grandson started a Jelly Roll Race quilt. I’m trying to get him ready for Kids Sew Camp this Summer which he is finally old enough to attend. He turned 10yrs old in February.20170219_174638

He comes to visit every other weekend. He recently started bringing his Xbox 360 w/him so I decided to make him something nice to transport it in. I found a duffle bag pattern, picked out fabric of his favorite colors and made this awesome bag.20170228_060301And guess what? It’s too small! The Xbox 360 doesn’t even fit! But he loves the bag anyway.

My friend Izola (@throughmyeyes on IG) made me this gorgeous, crocheted shrug. Thanks Izola!37236

My friend Kelly (@mommaneo on IG) gave me this cute Binding Baby (made by @doohiikeydesigns on IG). Thanks Kelly!20170113_211218

My last share of the day is from my friend Katy of KatyQuilts (@katyquilts on IG). She made me this super cute mini.  Thanks Katy!  20170214_123724Katy spent several months in AZ this past winter and I’m going to visit her in Michigan in August. We have plans attend the AQS Quilt Show in Grand Rapids. We’re both super excited about this!

This concludes today’s post. Thanks for visiting!

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Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else. Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.- 1 Thes. 5:15-18 NIV

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Works In Progress – Nines and Attic Windows

I currently have several works in progress, but am only sharing two today.

The first is a quilt I’m making for my newest grand Cali, who was born on August 8th.

The pattern is a Disappearing Nine Patch and the fabric collection is Hashmark for Michael Miller. Cali’s quilt will be finished soon!

Me and some friends sew together the 3rd Saturday of each month.  Most of the time we work on our own projects, but occasionally we plan to make the same project.  Last month we decided on an Attic Window quilt inspired by the Missouri Star Quilter’s Attic Window Tutorial.  The tutorial called for a panel, but I didn’t think any of my panels would look good as an Attic Window.

So instead I chose to use this older Springs Industries fabric that I’ve dubbed Flowers in the Meadow.  I think it works perfectly! Don’t you agree?  I’ll be adding borders and hopefully have this finished soon as well.

Until next time, God bless and happy stitichin’!

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