Monday, 4 April 2016

Free Motion Quilting and a Finished Quilt.....

Since the beginning of the year I have been practising hard at my free motion quilting.  I have several Craftsy classes which I have been following along with.  I have been keeping a free motion quilting diary and, I have been making blocks for a 'quilt-as-you-go' sampler quilt.  The details of the sampler quilt appear in the book 'First Steps to Free Motion Quilting' by Christina Cameli and, I am very pleased with the progress that I have been making.



So pleased in fact that I decided it was time to try out my new quilting skills on an actual quilt! 
Block two, a section of block
 one and block three

I had been reminded a few days ago of a quilt that I started work on back in July 2013. It was a quilt that appeared in a magazine.  I completed the first block back in 2013 and the second block in 2014 but, then the magazine was not issued again until 2015 when, I was able to complete the third block.  Sadly, there seems to be no sign of the magazine being issued again and, as it is a shame to waste the blocks already completed, I decided to go ahead and piece them together into a wall hanging.


The bottom section of block one which will become the label

The three blocks one below the other seemed too long and unbalanced, so I decided to unpick the bottom section of what had been the first block and, I then stitched the other two blocks one to the top and one to the bottom of the smaller section that I now had.  I am going to use the embroidered section of the piece I have not used to make a quilt label for the back of the quilt.  I then set about very carefully free motion quilting the wall hanging.



I quilted it quite lightly so as not to detract from the applique and embroidery work on the blocks and, I am really quite pleased with the results.  It is far from perfect but I am very satisfied with the finished quilt! Here are a few closer pictures to show the quilting....





And a couple from the back.....




I am going to continue practising my free motion quilting working on more blocks for my FMQ sampler quilt and, I am joining in with a free motion quilt-a-long being offered by Lori Kennedy over at 'The Inbox Jaunt'.  I'm determined to become confident to use my free motion quilting on future projects too!!

I am linking this post to the stitchery link up at Super Mom - No Cape! and Design Board Monday over at Bits'n'Bobs why not pop and visit to see who else has linked up! 

34 comments:

  1. Christine, I too started this mystery Quilt way back when and it is still pined to my design wall. What you have done with it is great. I was thinking of making up the fourth block myself. But I might just do what you have done. Thank you for this idea... Doti

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    1. Thank you Doti! This was such a pretty design it was a shame not to finish it off! Christine x

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  2. Hi Christine your FMQ looks fantastic,that's something that I need to practice,you have inspired me my friend to have a try xx

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    1. Thank you Shez! Lots of practice has definitely helped! Christine x

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  3. Wonderful! What a great way to finish the wallhanging and your quilting looks fantastic!
    Hugs Martina

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    1. Thank you Martina! It was a shame not to use the blocks already made and it was a great quilt to practice my FMQ on! Christine x

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  4. How fabulous to be able to quilt your own projects. You have done a brilliant job

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    1. Thank you Melody! I was very pleased with how it turned out! Christine x

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  5. Dein FreeMotionQuilting ist perfekt!!!!

    Gruß Marion

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    1. Thank you Marion! I was happy with the final result! Christine x

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  6. Christine, your free motion quilting is gorgeous! What a lovely wall quilt.

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    1. Thank you Renee! I am very happy with how it turned out! Christine x

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  7. Very nice quilting. Enjoy your FMQ practice!

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    1. Thank you Linda! I am learning a lot and enjoying the learning process! Christine x

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  8. Wunderschön! Mir haben Deine Blöcke immer schon sehr gut gefallen. Schade, dass es keine weitere Veröffentlichung des Magazins gibt. Es war mir leider zu teuer um es mir zu kaufen. Deine Umsetzung der Blöcke ist toll und das Quilting gefällt mir auch sehr gut. :)

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    1. Thank you! I am really pleased with the finished quilt! Christine x

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  9. You're doing a fantastic job!

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    1. Thank you Heather! It is getting there with a lot of practice! Christine x

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  10. I love your quilt you practiced on. Your quilting looks great!

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    1. Thank you! I was happy with the end results! Christine x

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  11. Dear Christine,
    your quilting is very, very nice. You´ve done a very good job on your blocks making a quilting diary but also on the lovely quilt below. I have also the three magazines with this lovely quilt...always waiting for the last issue to come :-(
    Hugs
    sigisart

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    1. Thank you Sigrid! I was sad to have these pretty blocks just lying in my sewing room, so I thought I would use them! Christine x

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  12. Liebe Christine,
    was du so alles kannst, ich bin total begeistert, dein quilten sieht total schön aus!!!
    Liebe Grüße
    Steffi

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    1. Thank you Steffi! You are very kind! I am really happy with the finished quilt! Christine x

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    1. Thank you! I am very pleased with it! Christine x

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  14. Thats such a pretty little quilt!
    So cheerful too : )

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    1. Thank you Lyn! It is a lovely cheerful quilt and I was pleased to have it finished! Christine x

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  15. I really like this one Christine! There are so many pretty little details - including your free motion quilting.

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    1. Thank you Mary Anne! I really like the design of this little quilt and I am delighted to finally have it finished! Christine x

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  16. You should be confident, the quilting looks lovely!

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    1. Thank you Wendy! I was really pleased with the finished quilt! Christine x

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  17. Christine, your little quilt is adorable! It's so sad that the magazine didn't continue, but you have made a lovely quilt from what you had and it's wonderful. I think your quilting is looking awesome too--well done!!

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    1. Thank you so much Karen! I was pleased with the quilt and the quilting! Christine x

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