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! 🙋🏽♀️
A Thread for Life
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
For those of you who haven’t already heard of Craftsy, I’m about to take you to school! It’s an online platform that delivers crafts education classes via full-length, professionally-produced, interactive, high-definition videos. The beauty of Craftsyclasses is that they never expire! AND, you can watch them anytime, as many times as you like, provided you have a proper internet connection. Oh, and remember, it’s interactive! This means you can ask questions and/or post pics to get help from the instructor or other peeps taking the class. Craftsy offers a wide array of classes, from photography to knitting to cooking…however my class of choice is Quilting! And more specifically, Free Motion Quilting. So how does Craftsy Sweeten Up My Quilting Life? CraftsyKeeps Me in Motion!
I was very naive when I signed up for Start Free-Motion Quilting w/Elizabeth Dackson. I thought I’d be an expert FMQ-er by the time it was finished. I couldn’t have been more wrong. However, I did learn a lot of things from this class. Important things you need to know before getting started, like needle and thread selection, how to start and stop, how to bury a knot and how to move the quilt. Thanks, Elizabeth!
Help How DO I Quilt It?is my mostrecent class. This class will definitely help w/the dilemma of how to quilt your quilts. It will also teach you how to add lots of texture and movement to your quilts. Thanks, Angela!
All of these Craftsy classes are great and I’d recommend any and all of them. The instructors are extremely encouraging and the classes do exactly what they are designed to; build your confidence as you learn FMQ. They make it look easy but remember, they’ve been doing it for years. They all stress this important point: Practice, Practice, Practice! And the MOST important point of all…Don’t compare your work to that of others! Why? Because Comparison is the Thief of Joy! Craftsy is also a place where independent designers can sell their patterns. There are thousands of sewing and quilting patterns to choose from and even a great selection of free patterns! Click here to browse my pattern store and be sure to download my Easy Grocery Bag Catcher, which is free for a limited time.Thanks, Craftsy!
Here’s the complete line-up of stops. Be sure to hop over and visit each stop to see how Craftsy sweetens up their quilting lives!
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