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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

April FMQ Challenge Entry

Another month almost gone! Where does the time go? It's time to post my latest entry in Sew Cal Gal's Free Motion Quilting Challenge. Maybe I'll win a prize...

This month's tutorial was from Don Linn (Mr. Quilt), who shared a method of transferring designs from a paper design to the quilt top via some tulle and an embroidery hoop. This is a very versatile method, much easier than trying to use a light box (which I don't own) or holding a design up to the window to trace it onto fabric (which always seems to slip and give me problems). I'm sure I will use this method again. You can check out the actual tutorial here.

I copied the design Mr. Linn graciously provided by tracing it onto the tulle using his instructions. I then heat set the design and used a water soluble blue pen to transfer it to the fabric.
When the design was completely transferred, I quilted it with bright orange thread.
Design Ready to quilt

Design quilted, with an echo line added.
Notice I wasn't always able to stay right on the line, but I tried not to get too wobbly. That way, when I sprayed water on the design to remove the marks, I was left with a pretty design and no one can really tell that I went off the line at all.
Final design with lines removed.
This is my most successful design yet! I really enjoyed this technique.

Next month will be Leah Day's tutorial. I can hardly wait!