Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Garden and Pond finished for Free Motion Mavericks

Welcome to Free Motion Mavericks (Week 246) link-up.

FMQ Garden & Pond finished!

Free Motion Quilted Garden & Pond
Stitched with grey thread

The journey began in March with a quick free motion quilting (FMQ) project for the Free Motion Mavericks post. I started outlining the flowers and pond in grey, which looked fine in person but not so great on the images 😊

For the next post, I added colour thread on top of the grey, which turned out to be OK. Then it was time to add more details - some foreground, a turtle and more water in the pond and more flowers to fill it out.
Adding colour to the piece

In my last post, I added a few butterflies and a dragonfly.
More details, including butterflies

Adding metallic thread to the dragonfly

It looked good but I needed more FMQ in the sky. I also took the time to add some metallic thread, through the bobbin, on the dragonfly to make her shimmer.

I finished the piece with a facing. The link to my favourite tutorial by Terry Aske is in Related links below.

Facing the piece

The sleeve and a label to finish it

I created the sleeve using two scraps of blue fabric that included the selvage edge. I figured that this would be acceptable since people are having fun with selvages, and I didn't have to finish those ends - a definite bonus!

Free Motion Quilting Garden & Pond
(Click on the image to see it better)
 What I learned
  • The first image at the top of the post was taken outside. I wasn't impressed with the way that the bottom edge was curling up. I was very happy to find that some good steam solved the problem.
  • I do wish that I had done a little bit more quilting in the foreground so that more showed when I flipped the edge for the facing. I'm getting better, but still not quite there 😊 
  • I'm really happy with this finish and am thrilled that it will be hanging in my friend's cubicle. That means that I'll be able to visit it!
  • I learned many lessons during the making of this piece. You can find more in the related posts listed below.
Related links
    Linking parties

    Project details
    FMQ Garden & Pond
    16 ¼ " x  9"
    Materials: Kona cotton background, metallic, silk, cotton and polyester thread
    Techniques: whole cloth free motion quilting

    Free Motion Mavericks

    Thank you for all of the link ups two weeks ago. It seems that everyone is back at their sewing machine producing some great work! It's great to see your work, whether it's on its way to being quilted or finished. If you didn't see Becca's Star-Crossed Plaid quilt, take the time to visit. It's really great - and she's going to write up the pattern!

    Star-Crossed Plaid by Becca of Pretty Piney Quilts

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    1. This is a beautiful finish and I'm so impressed that it's all fmq. A real demonstration of skill and a work of art :)

    2. Beautiful finish! I hope you get to look at this every day!

    3. I remember how impressed I was when you first showed this quilt! I'd love to see that shimmering dragonfly in person. Your friend is very lucky! Thanks for linking up to What I Made Monday, and for sharing Star-Crossed Plaid, too.

    4. A beautiful finish. Thank you so much for sharing with Put your foot down. I'm really bad about going back to check for progress on quilts that I like.

    5. Lovely to see this piece finished, it certainly grew over time into something special. I am sure your friend will enjoy having it to look at in her cubicle very much.


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