Saturday, March 29, 2014

Free Motion Fillers Blocks 33-48

Wrapped up blocks #33-48 for Leah Day's Free Motion Fillers vol 1 on Craftsy.  These designs were from her echo and branching families.  Without further are pictures of my freshly stitched blocks:
Free Motion Fillers Top left to bottom right:  Brain Coral, Flame Stitch, Ball Bearings, Pebble Ripples, Lightening Bolts, Swirling Water, Sharp Swirling Water, Poseidan's Eye, Cubic Ripples, Echo Short Cut, Triangle Starships, McTavish (one of my new favorites!!), Universal Spiral, Bloody Saw Blades, Heart Flow and Unloaded Boxes
I have one last filler from Leah's Volume 1 class, and for the remaining 15 blocks, I plan to incorporate motifs from her Volume 2 class.  75% done!!  I am in the home stretch baby!!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Free Motion Fillers Blocks #16 though 32

My journey through Leah Day's Free Motion Fillers Volume 1 Craftsy class fun continues with blocks #16 through 32 which includes some remaining Independent Designs, Pivot Designs and the start of a few Echo Designs.

The next 16 blocks quilted with free motion fillers (top left to bottom right):  Trapped Ripples, Cubing, Missing Piece, Paisley, Light Bulb Leaf, Hosta Leaves, Spike Paisley, Lava Paisley, Heart Paisley, Pointy Paisley, Drunk Pointy Paisley, Abstract Leave, Kidney Stones, Echo Shells, Trippy Triangles and Hot Candy.  

With 32 blocks completely quilted, I am officially at the halfway point and can't wait to fmq the remaining 4 rows--including some motifs from Leah Day's Free Motion Fillers Volume 2 Craftsy Class!  I also picked up some kona cotton solids to make the quilted tote bag class project for volume 2!  Stay tuned for more free motion fun!!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Free Motion Fillers--the first 17 motifs

I am working my way through Leah Day's Free Motion Fillers volume 1 Craftsy class.  I made up the sampler quilt and have been procrastinating taking my first stitches.  But once I got over my initial fears, I am cruising through these blocks, each featuring a different filler motif.  In fact in just a little over 24 hours, I've got 16 blocks quilted and stippling all around from block to block.  Here are some pics of my FMQ progress...
Free Motion Fillers (top left to bottom right):  Sharp Stippling, Zippling, Alien Fingers, Circuit Board, Angle Spiral, Pebbling, Basic Star/Wagon Wheels, Saw Blades, Loopy Lines, Basic Spiral, Drunk Spiral, Blazing Spirals, Cobble Stones, Oil Slick, Triangle Mosaic and Modern Weave
The first 16 blocks or Rows 1 and 2

Volume 1 covers 50 different fillers...but I had enough fabric to make 64 blocks, so I will be incorporating some of additional motifs from Leah's Free Motion Fillers volume 2 Craftsy class as well!  I am having lots of fun creating all different textures and designs all in white Aurofil thread. I am finding the process very relaxing and I am able to move on to the next motif before I get bored (with exception to the basic stippling that is all over the grey sashing and borders--but I am still enjoying that motif as I get lots of breaks when I hit a block!)

Will continue to post my FMQ progress on this project...

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Black Opals & Ribbon Candy--Cool Version

As promised--here is the second Black Opals & Ribbon Candy quilt, made from Christine Barnes quilt pattern, in mostly cool color fabrics.

Quilted Blocks
Whereas the warm version featured mostly straight/angular quilting in the blocks and borders, this version had more arcs and curves.  I was stuck for a while as to how to take this curved theme into the borders and minimize marking required.  Once again, blue painter's tape came to the rescue as I marked the peaks and valleys of my curves, which were echoed and then surrounded with a larger pebbling (reminiscent of the smaller intersection blocks).
Border quilting in progress with minimal marking required
Border quilted--a little hard to see with the busy border print
Border quilting from the backing--fun backing fabrics
I tried to get a pic with the pups, after learning that Skippy had muddy paws...luckily it wasn't too bad!
Side by Side:  Warm and Cool Black Opals & Ribbon Candy quilts

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Panda Pandamonium

Petite Panda Pandamonium was a prototype for the real Panda Pandamonium quilt started in Therese May's Quilted Portrait workshop.  Before the big reveal, here are some preview pictures of the free motion quilting in progress...
Free Motion Quilting Progress:  Lime & White, plus pink, plus teal!
Fabric side of Panda Pandamonium
Finished front of Panda Pandamonium
Now the front is pretty awesome, but it may just pale in comparison to the reverse side where you can more clearly see how much fun I had doodling different quilting motifs:  black pebbling in the sashing to allow the lime, pink, teal and white thread to truly pop!
Free Motion Doodling Fun
Thread Play with Panda Pandamonium
Panda is more than happy to model and test Panda Pandamonium