As you may (or may not) be aware, I set myself the goal of improving my free motion quilting this year (again..... I have set myself this goal on several occasions!) and, I am really happy to say that things have finally started to click into place and I am really starting to get the hang of it!
I have been trying to practice some FMQ every day and, although I don't realistically have the time every day to do this, I have tried to practice on a regular basis and have even made myself a chart to fill in which is pinned to my noticeboard to encourage me!! I started back at the beginning and completed all the exercises in Christina Cameli's Craftsy class for beginners and was pleased with my progress. You can see the individual blocks on my FMQ Diary page. When I had completed all the exercises, I had fifteen quilted blocks which I thought I would make into a quilt.
I joined them together using a quilt-as-you-go technique and I am thrilled with the finished quilt. I have also been working on some other blocks which I am going to put together into another QAYG quilted sampler quilt. This quilt is a design from Christina's first book 'First Steps to Free Motion Quilting' and you can see the blocks I have completed so far on my FMQ Sampler Quilt 2016 page.
With all my practice, free motion quilting was really starting to click into place when I came across a mystery Quilt-a-long being hosted by Lori Kennedy of The Inbox Jaunt so I decided to join in! The last post for the QAL was earlier this week and I have now finished the cute little quilted wall hanging that we made. It was a lot of fun and I am really pleased with the finished quilt although, I should probably have used a heavier weight thread for the stitching to be more obvious.
It is very exciting to have this elusive skill within my grasp and, I am determined to continue practising and improving as much as possible. If you want to make the QAL quilt the posts for each step are all still available at The Inbox Jaunt.