Monthly Archives: December 2012

December Challenge and other things

The last day of December and the end of another year. I have learned a tremendous amount about Free Motion Quilting this year It is hard to count the ways. A major resource has been SewCal Gal at the 2012 Free Motion Challenge project. The instructors she lined up for us have provided great tutorials. The Challenge is ending today but SewCal Gal says she has something in mind for next year.

December's Challenge was provided by Patsy Thompson and what a way to wrap up the year! We were to explore quilting borders with at least 1 feather border. In essence, we made a Whole Cloth Quilt.

I started out by tracing over the drawings Patsy provided:

and then went to the quilting part.

December Challenge

Back

I can't believe I have produced this on my Janome Horizon 7700.

I joined this group in May so I do not have 12 completed Challenges but wanted to share the ones I did do.

Retrospect for 1212

A special thanks to SewCal Gal and all the instructors who gave us a fun challenging year (8 months for me). You showed me how to loosen up and just have fun with my quilting. I'm still working on the not being so critical of my own quilting part.

 

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Chevron Quilt

I have finally gotten to the quilting stage on my chevron quilt. I thought I would give you a peek at what I am doing and where I am.

It is really coming along nicely. This the largest project I have attempted on my machine, sort of. I quilted a very large quilt for my oldest grandson before I had a clue as to how to quilt a quilt. I have learned a lot and, boy, does it make a difference. Much easier on my shoulders and back.

This is also the first time I designed a quilt back. I used the left over fabric from the front, some gray jelly roll strips from Kona solid. If you look closely you will see one strip I used a decorative stitch to add small cars in red. I would have liked to make them larger but, alas, the machine will only do one size on this particular stitch.

This has been a fun quilt to do so again “Thank You” to Christa for the tutorial.