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Friday, September 28, 2012

September FMQ Challenge

September Sew Cal Gal's FMQ Challenge Entry!
 This month our expert was Paula Reid, whose tutorial was about quilting a large quilt on a home machine. I will definitely keep her tips in mind the next time I have to quilt a large quilt. The actual exercise, though, was using a stencil and quilting what was for me a more detailed feather design than I have done before, especially with a stenciled line to follow. I used the supplied pdf rather than the stencil, and used Don Linn's method for transferring it. (Don was the expert several months ago.) My quilting has been improving, and the results were pretty good.

I did a Craftsy quilting class this month as well; Lola Jenkins' Thread Art. For this, you trace a photo or drawing (I chose a photo of my daughter), add some other elements, quilt it with black thread and color the resulting picture with colored pencils. (I used Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils.) The result was much better than I thought I could possibly do. Here's a picture.
I still can't quite believe I made this.The lines were much smoother than I've done before. Maybe it's the subject matter? In any case, I'm really happy with this one.

I'm having fun. Can't wait for next month's challenge. Bring it on!


  1. Great work on your challenge quilting and the work you did with your daughter's photo is outstanding.

  2. Your September challenge piece looks good, but I am blown away by your Thread Art piece! Very good job! The quilting looks good and your shading is wonderful. I love how you shaded the tulips, but the eyes are amazing!!