Thursday, December 6, 2012

DECEMBER FMQ CHALLENGE

The last lesson in the FMQ challenge is by Patsy Thompson and it is on borders.  This is a really helpful lesson and the video is so good!  We had to practice 5 different borders on a whole cloth.  Below is my practice piece.  Each border  (which are kind of hard to see - sorry) is different and the first 2 from the middle out, are only 1/2" wide.  Then there are 2 one inch borders and the final feather border is 2".


Luckily, I had a quilt ready and it has 3 borders, so it was perfect to use some of the ideas for it.  The yellow and brown borders are each 1 1/2" wide and the final wide border is 4 1/2" wide.  Patsy's video covered the instructions on how to do a feathered border.  She is such a good teacher and it was pretty easy to do.

This picture shows the borders from a different angle as well as some of the blocks.  The center blocks are done in an overall pattern.

Here is a view of the overall pattern on the back.

Another view of the back.

This view of the front shows the yellow border a little better.  I used a variegated thread for the yellow and final border.  The rest of the quilting was done with Essential Pro in Cocoa.  I used Essential Pro Natural on the bottom.  I still have the long sides to quilt and when it is all quilted and bound I will take a picture of the whole quilt.

I am lacking two months of the challenge and I have decided not to make them up due to lack of time.  I do want to thank SewCalGal for hosting the challenge, and all the quilting experts that shared their expertise with us.  It has been a huge help to me.

14 comments:

Janet O. said...

Very nice job, Ruth. I love that overall pattern--is that one of Patsy Thompson's designs? You've done really well with it.
Your feathers look wonderful. I need to practice this month's challenge.
The experience all year has been so helpful--pulling me out of my comfort zone and making me try things I might have put off for years! : )

Betty Lou said...

I am so impressed with you free motion quilting, just gorgeous. Like your Christmas holiday header.

Joanne said...

WOW!! I am very impressed too - your quilting is amazing! Good for you!

Liriopia said...

OMG, Ruth! Pretty as the quilt is I think your practice piece is gorgeous!

Liri

Lori said...

So lovely! Great fun to practice and see improvement. That is the key to machine quilting.

Barb said...

beautiful stitching! congrats on doing the challenge. It has been fun watching the progression

---"Love" said...

Not only is your quilting incredibly beautiful, but your dedication to the year-long series of lessons is amazing. You have proven that determination and practice do make "perfect"! ---"Love"

Quilting Babcia said...

Your quilt and the December sample are both so pretty! This has been a great learning experience for all of us, and I think the December tutorial by Patsy Thompson is one of the best!

Beth said...

OMG! That practice piece is just amazing. And your quilt looks awesome. Your FMQ is just fantastic. Great job!

Joan said...

Quilt and Sample are beautiful

Katie said...

Your feathers (and other motifs) are amazing! You've come so far this year - you're a pro now!

Diane Wild said...

Beautiful work. Your practice sample is wonderful.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Gorgeous!!!!!

Raewyn said...

Both your pieces look really lovely - awesome work! - neat that you had a 'real' quilt ready to continue the practise on.