I was busy working on free motion quilting after my holidays, but then got attacked by a nasty flue bug and was out for the count. After a week of only reading cozy-mystery novels, I was finally able to work on my hexies.
|Progress on my Hexie Runner
|Hexie flower table topper
|Finished back of the tat
|"Not playing the supporting role!" quilt
I finally felt well enough to do a little bit of FMQ on my "Not playing the supporting role!" quilt.
I haven't been able to do anything that's too complicated. I am very happy with my rudbeckias. These come from Muv's free motion quilting videos (see Related Links below).
|Rudbeckias and swirling leaves
I'm really enjoying "sort of following" the fabric design such as the swirling leaves above. I find that I don't need to be very accurate, that it's more about the flow of the quilting, at least for that fabric.
A solid fabric block means that I can play with swirls, paisleys and lots of echoing. That was a lot of fun.
|Swirls, paisleys and echoing
|Squares within squares
I have some exciting news that I can now talk about! I am a big fan of the digital magazine, Make Modern. It's got some really nice projects, is affordable and I really like that it's digital.
Last July, I decided to take a chance and submit a proposal for a baby quilt pattern, based on my Beautiful Day Baby Quilt. Of course I had to go shopping for fabric 😊. I then sent them my proposal and it was accepted! Wow!
|Buying fun fabric for a baby quilt!
The pattern comes out next Friday, March 2, 2018, in issue 21. I'll be writing up a post on the application process as well as what I learned while writing the pattern, making and photographing the quilt.
I received this in the mail - I love their postcard and the Make Modern pin!
What I learned
- As much as I love hexies, I eventually get bored of working on the same project for a long time. I think that I will always have to keep my English Paper Piecing (EPP) projects small, or they will never get finished!
- It may take a while for me to finish the hexie runner since making hexies to match the entire border is very time consuming. I do believe that it's worth it since it's really a lovely finish.
- It just dawned on me that all of those finishing hexies will be in white - that may prove to be very difficult cause I get bored easily when I'm not playing with colour. I'll have to think of a solution to this....
- I was surprised that I wasn't able to FMQ when I wasn't feeling well. I didn't realise how much concentration and attention it requires. It also doesn't help when I have to figure out what design to quilt.
- To keep the decision making to a minimum, I may use Angela Walter's Dot-to-Dot technique since it fits well in most blocks and is fairly simple and quick.
- My border fans are not very consistent - I will be planning them the next time!
- I have learned so much in the last few months about writing a pattern and getting it published. I was a great experience and I'm looking forward to sharing it with you next week!.
- Hexie runner, Slow Sunday Stitching and a sore finger, December 03, 2017
- Hexie Flowers Table Topper, August 6, 2017
- "Not playing the supporting role! quilt, Free motion quilting February 11, 2018
- Muv of Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing blog - Rudbeckias - Free Motion Quilting Videos
- Angela Walter's Dot-to-Dot technique on Craftsy
- Beautiful Day Baby Quilt, June 24, 2016
- Make Modern Magazine
I will be linking to many link-ups. See what other quilters are doing and check these out: Free Motion Mavericks, Midweek Makers, Let's Bee Social, Linky Tuesday, Needle & Thread Thursday, Finished or Not Friday, Can I Get A Whoop Whoop?, Oh Scrap!, MOP Monday, Monday Making, Main Crush Monday, Design Wall Monday,