Friday, November 22, 2013

Home Sweet Home

Pieced Home Sweet Home block
After taking Frieda Anderson's in person workshop at PIQF, I decided to continue the fun and education through her Craftsy class "Machine Quilting the Home Sweet Home Quilt" for more FMQing practice and motifs.  She offered some great tips and suggestions on prepping your quilt and had lots of fun motifs to share.  She also included a pattern to piece the "Home Sweet Home" quilt, and while the class kit wasn't my style, I found one of her class projects that had a fun and bright colorway and decided to piece one block to practice the various techniques myself.  I will admit that the fabric selection and piecing was probably the most complicated part of the project--as I was only making one block and in a different colorway--so several adjustments which required considerable brain power.  I cut one set of fabrics and let them stew overnight and then decided to switch out a few fabrics that weren't working for me.  And once I pieced the center house-it went fairly quick and trouble free.

Stitch in the ditch from the reverse


I used 505 basting spray and went to work stitching in the ditch all the seams (well, almost all--somehow I missed one little seam!

Now that my fmq'ing skills are coming along, I wanted them to pop against the bright fabrics and selected to do all white top and bobbin.  Then I selected 11 of my favorite and new to me motifs from her class to feature in each of the 11 fabrics used to construct the Home Sweet Home block.  I quilted the center in the morning before work, two more before dinner and the last two after dinner!  And once again, I love the finished look!

Reverse side all quilted
First the reverse side so you can see all the various motifs used top left to right:
  • Frieda's feathers outside in
  • Free form Scribbles
  • Bark
  • Stars
  • Frog Eggs
  • More Free form Scribbles (I call 'em door beads)
  • Stippling (which I finally got  the flow/movement down once Frieda used the term "amoeba like" which totally clicked with my biology background)
  • Loop de loops
  • Spirals
  • Lava flowers
  • Modern Baptist Fan

And here's the front...
Home Sweet Home
Thanks to Frieda Anderson and Craftsy for all the great tricks, tips and techniques for free motion quilting!

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