SewCalGal has been hosting a Free Motion Quilting (FMQ) challenge all year, so I am submitting October's entries. Teri Lucas is the quilting expert for this month and she gave a lesson with lots of ideas. You can find out more about Teri and the challenge by clicking on the SewCalGal link.
My first practice piece was done on muslin with wool batting. I used a few different threads: the dark red was Essential Pro Turkey Red 70/3 that I got from Connecting Threads; the yellow is Isacord 40; the variegated orange/green/yellow is Signature size 40 cotton; and variegated blue is Gutermann 100% cotton 50. I used Essential Pro in the bobbin.
For my second and final piece, I used some shiny grey fabric (don't know what it is - some kind of satin?) and the yellow Isacord thread. I like the way the yellow shows up on the grey and I really enjoyed quilting the nautilus shells and the pebbles - it was fun! Thanks for all the pointers, Teri!
Next, I just finished my QAL from Lori: Mountain Trail reproduction quilt. At first, I was thinking about hand quilting it (very briefly), but then I thought that I would like to have feathers in the rows and hand quilting them would take a lot of time (which I don't have), so I machine quilted it yesterday with feathers in the rows and in the 2 borders, I quilted a Swirl Scroll from Angela Walters book, Free -Motion Quilting. I also used that border in a table runner that I made and found that it is quite easy.
|close-up of quilted feathers|
|close-up of swirl scroll border|
|View of fabric and quilting on back. The fabric is Jo Morton fabric that I had left from my Jo's Little Women class last year.|
|It's hanging in my front hall above my desk.|
Some of my storage shelves came down in my guest room, so that bed is piled with linens, fabrics, items I have bought for gifts, etc. etc. What a mess! Hopefully, DH can get it fixed soon. He is at the hardware store right now.