Sunday, December 30, 2012

December's FMQ challenge

Last minute Mary here!! lol.  I did one of the border practices earlier in the month, but never took pictures, so I had to create another sample tonight, since I'm visiting family, and the sample is at home.  Yikes!!  Patsy Thompson's designs are wonderful, and I love her teaching style.  You can't help but relax when she talks, and then she also makes you laugh.  I hope I get to meet her one day.

I was really looking foward to doing this practice, but things got crazy, and time flew.  I learned something about myself while doing this tonight.  I already knew I'm a procrastinator, but I played.  I tried left to right and right to left.  I'm smoother going right to left, which is actually backwards of how I write.  I know my "left side" feathers are smoother than the right sides, and that does show here.  I need to do more right side stuff.  I wonder if it's connected with the "left brain/right brain"?  Today I was doing more planning, and organizing.  I wasn't in a creative mood.  I drew lines to keep me straight, but the markers didn't work well, and I had to switch to the Sewline pencil.  That helped me see the lines better, but I know I need new contac lenses.   Anyway, on to the evidence. 

I did the worms, swirls, and petals, and the curvy spined one sided feathers.  LOVE my left side feathers!! Right side?? NO.  Some of the stitching looks good, but it's not smooth.  I was rushing.  I need to really practice more.  Most of this month's projects were pajamas for Christmas, so it's been a while since I actually did FMQ.  I did enjoy the effect of the Aurifil variagated thread, in teal, pink and white.  I used a solid pink and solid teal for some rows, too (all 50wt cotton).  That was fun.  Size 14 quilting needle, unbleached muslin top and bottom, and Warm & Natural cotton batting. 


I'm looking forward to learning more, designing more, and using many of these patterns in future quilts.  This has been a wonderful experience, and I'm so glad SewCal Gal coordinated this for us.  I have grown so much this year, and learned so much.  I will be forever grateful to SewCal Gal and all the instructors for making this possible.  Thanks also to the sponsors.  The incentives you provided really helped motivate me to get this done, too.  Big Quilty HUGS!!


Quilting Babcia said...

Lovely! Keep practicing on the feathers - they are hard to master, but so worth it! We've all learned so much this year, it's been wonderful to meet so many other quilters who are learning FMQ too. Happy New Year!

Janet O. said...

This challenge has been such a good experience. Your feathers are really coming along. Looking good! Congrats!!