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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Goal Update

Lately I’ve been obsessed w/all the Christmas/Holiday themed items I’m planning to make next year! Yep! AND I’m going to start in July! This girl’s got plans!

I’ve been a Pinterest pinning fool! My sis has to be sick of hearing about/seeing all the things I’m obsessed with, which is mostly snowmen…and stockings!

Back to now…I have one more goal UFO to “finish” before I start other new projects.

I was shooting for year end but my Sparkle Punch Christmas quilt is still in the closet. I’ll be pulling it out this weekend. “It” ain’t even an “It” yet, just a bunch of squares really.

Here’s an old progress pic before I took it off the design wall.

My new goal is for it to be a completed quilt top by end of January. It’s going to be fabulous!

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WHOOMP There IT Is! #14 – UFO Challenge 2016

Hello, Everyone! I hope you’ve had a wonderful week.  Mine has been a bit crazy w/my day job but the weekend is just about here and that makes me happy!

Something else that makes me happy is all of the lovelies I’m going to make this year! I wrote about 4 of them last week in this post and this week I’ll share some others.

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A UFO challenge was presented at our Quilters Anonymous meeting last week.  We are a chapter of the Arizona Quilter’s Guild.   The challenge was inspired by the All People Quilt 2016 UFO Challenge.  We are following their guidelines, however, we’re starting ours in February.

Basically, we choose 12 UFOS we want to finish this year and put them on a list numbered 1-12. At our guild meeting, which is the 1st Thursday of the month, a number will be randomly chosen. That number will represent the numbered project we have to work on for that month. We’ll share our finishes/progress at the next meeting and get a new # for the following month…and so on and so forth. The goal is to have 12 finished projects by the end of the year, or in our case, by the end of January 2017.

Since I don’t have 12 UFOs, I chose several projects from my “To Make Someday” list that I’d like to see finished this year. Most of them are smaller projects since I will also be working on commissions. Here is a list of the projects I chose w/their “before challenge” status.  Remember, the numbers will be drawn randomly, so it doesn’t matter how the projects are listed.  I’ve included pics so that you can see what the projects are. Most of these pics are not mine.

#1 Christmas Sparkle Punch Quilt – planning stage

sparkle_punch_quilt

#2 Through Thick & Thin Scrappy Log Cabin Quilt – all blocks finished

#3 Paper pieced Rooster Block – planning stage

Rooster

#4 Scarppy String Thing Bed Runner – flimsy

#5 Paper pieced Owl Block – planning stage

#6 Halloween Spiderweb Quilt – planning stage

#7 Mia’s Wall Hanging – flimsy, backing pieced and binding cut

#8 Friend Traveler Quilt

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256 lozenges already cut out by my good friend Greta =)

#9 Quilted Cook & Carry – planning

Quilted Cook & Carry,:

#10 Caddy Pad Jr. Tote – planning

Caddy Pad Jr.:

#11 The Desk Deli Tote – planning

ps018 Desk Deli Tote Pattern:

#12 Cabo Bucket Tote – planning

Cabo Bucket Tote PatternQuilts Illustrated #PS025 - Sewing Patterns | Fat Quarter Shop:

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