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! 🙋🏽‍♀️

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

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WHOOMP There IT Is! #13 – Goals 2016

Happy New Year Y’all!  I know I speak for everyone when I say, how time flies! Last year came and went in a flash!

I’m working at getting motivated to finish projects already started and start some new ones. So what better time than the present to share my quilty goals for 2016!   I started it several months ago but stopped because it quickly grew out of control.    I knew I’d have to trim it down or else get myself overwhelmed w/anxiety and end up locked away in a looney bin somewhere. 😉

So here’s a very modest list of what I’d like to accomplish this year.

I’ve already got 3 commissions lined up for the 1st few months. One queen size rag quilt and two baby quilts.  I don’t think custom orders are the way I want to go. Something about having deadlines really puts pressure on a girl. With this being said, I may accept an occasional order, but it won’t be a big selling point in my Etsy shop going forward.

I aim to finish my Through Thick and Thin scrappy-batik log cabin that I started last January.  It’s made w/2 different size logs; 1.25″ and 2.5″ and is destined to be a personal quilt for my king size bed.

I was reminded of another quilt I want to make when I saw Katy’s Handsome Shirt Tails quilt.

Katy’s Shirt Tails

Last year my good friend Greta of Material Detachment sent me 256 lozenges in shades of red (my favorite color), orange and purple, to make my very own Arkansas Traveler quilt.  She’d recently finished a stunning one made of blues and browns that she dubbed, Niigata Traveler.

my lozenges =)

Greta’s Niigata (Arkansas Traveler)

I guess this post is mostly about quilts I want to make for myself because another one is a Spiderweb quilt. I fell in love w/Pop Stars by Julie of Pink Doxies. I can actually kill two birds w/one stone w/this quilt because a Halloween quilt is also on my list this year, thanks to Val of Val’s Quilting Studio and LeeAnna of Not Afraid of Color!   Both gals decorate their homes w/quilts for each season/holiday. What a splendid idea! What better quilt to make for Halloween than a Spiderweb one?!

Julie’s Pop Stars

Val’s Halloween Inspiration
LeeAnna’s Forever Partners

Of course, the list of quilts I want to make goes on to infinity and beyond…but I’ve one more on my list for 2016.  Sparkle Punch by Elizabeth Hartman of Oh Fransson. It’s been on my list for quite some time and will be a 2-bird killer as well. It shall be my Christmas quilt. =)

sparkle_punch_quilt

This seems like an attainable goals list for now.  I’m certain it’ll be peppered w/a few several other projects. I’ve a couple small paper pieced numbers in mind as well as a few small gift/charity quilts.

Thank you ALL for the wonderful quilty inspiration!  I look forward to reading about your goals or whatever  you’d like to share this week at WHOOMP There IT Is!  Thanks for stopping by and linking up.

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A Thread for Life
The attitude of a Christian towards the providential order in which he is placed is to recognize that God is behind it for purposes of His own.- Oswald Chambers 

A Super Quick QAYG!

About a year or so after I learned how to quilt, I started looking online for different ways/options to do things such as binding, basting,etc.  As a new quilter, binding was my least favorite part of quilting.  I dreaded it!  There had to be an easier way of binding than how I’d been taught! 

One of the first sites I came across was Quilting In The Rain. It was love at first sight! Jera’s instructional and pattern tutorials are simple and quick. I found her binding tutorials very refreshing.  I stalked her blog many a night and always left inspired.  I’ve made several of her patterns over the last few years; the latest being one from her book Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern which I won an autographed copy of on an Instagram giveaway!

I needed something that would go together super quick for an upcoming baby shower and chose the Queen Anne Steps pattern. 


It worked perfectly for the 3 fabrics I’d chosen to match the decor in the baby’s room and it’s a good size; 48 1/2″ x 60 1/2″.  

It’s definitely a pattern one could complete in about 8 hours or so…depending on how fancy you get w/your quilting however,  I did it in about 4 shorter sessions. 

I thought it would be a good opportunity to practice FMQ, however it proved to be difficult for me because I matched my thread to the fabric and couldn’t really see what the heck I was doing! Since I did match the thread to the fabric, I sewed all the pink strips first, then the blue and lastly the orange. I did practice FMQ on all the pink strips and quickly switched to simple wavy and straight lines for the next 2 colors. 

I used the leftover strips to make a matching pillow.

In case you didn’t notice, I finally made a blog signature! I used this tutorial I found on Val’s Quilting Studio  Tutorials page.  Afterward I started looking around on how to make a custom header and came across this tutorial using Pic Monkey.  I’ve been playing around w/it all week…but my blog header is still a work in progress! Hopefully soon I will get it and my blog looking exactly how I want it. But for now, what you see, is what you get! =)

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You will keep in perfect peace
those whose minds are steadfast,
because they trust in you.
Trust in the Lord forever,
for the Lord, the Lord himself, 
is the Rock eternal. Isaiah 26:3-4

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