Thursday, October 10, 2019

Fantastical book block on Free Motion Mavericks

Welcome back to Free Motion Mavericks. This is Week 250! Isn't that amazing? Most of those weeks were hosted by Muv of Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing. Congrats!

Creating a fantastical book block

Since the last Free Motion Mavericks that I hosted, I worked on the appliqué book block. It started off as this, and had morphed into this (so far) →
The original foundation
paper pieced block
Adding some appliqué

Here's a look at the process.

I went through my stash of fun fabrics and came up with this layout.
Laying out the pieces

The next part was to sew it all down. I did use a little bit of glue to hold some of the pieces down before sewing them down with the darning or free motion foot.

Stitching them down 

It was then time to free motion quilt it.

If you're noticing a similarity in style with some of my other art quilts it's because the recipient of this one wanted it in the style of Morning Has Broken. You can check it out in the related links below.

Fantastical book is in the
style of Morning Has Broken

You can see the details of the image better in this photo.
A close-up of what's on the cover of the fantastical book

What I learned
  • When I started taking fabrics out to audition, I was surprised by how small the space to fill was. I usually work with larger pieces, about 20"- 24". It made the choosing of fabrics more challenging.
  • When I sew things down, I'm never sure how much to actually stitch it since I will then be quilting it. That's always such a subjective thing - and sometimes I get carried away with the stitching before the quilting.
  • To sew the pieces down and to free motion quilt (FMQ) I used mostly polyester thread since these are the colours that matched the most. I'm still working on my collection of cotton thread, but really, I didn't see the difference, especially for a small project. In my opinion, the colour is more important than the type of thread, unless of course I'm using silk. 😊
Related links
Linking parties
I will be linking up to many fun linky parties. I also hope that you link up below with Free Motion Mavericks! Put your foot down, Needle & Thread, Midweek Makers,
Colour and Inspiration Tuesday, Moving It Forward, Off the Wall, Finished or Not Finished Friday, Can I Get A Whoop Whoop?, Peacock Party, Oh Scrap!, Monday Making, Design Wall Monday, Moving It Forward Monday, What I Made Monday, Colour and Inspiration Tuesday,

Free Motion Mavericks

We've had some great link ups here last time. I'm really sorry to say that the last two weeks were so crazy here that I didn't have time to check out everyone's posts until writing this up. I'm really looking forward to our Canadian Thanksgiving weekend to catch up on my blog reading and replying to your comments.

Last time, Laura of Slice of Pi went totally out of her comfort zone to make a quilted cell phone clutch, with a Kraft-Tex flap. It really is stunning - and the clutch is quilted! If you haven't read about her experience making this, you really need to read it!

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  1. That's one fancy book cover!

  2. Your book cover is just gorgeous! The quilting turns a pretty cover into an outstanding cover. bravo.

  3. That is a lot of detail to cram into that little space. Congrats on keeping the linky going to 250!

  4. Totally awesome block! Love it!

  5. Beuautiful! I love how something can be so pretty and then you add the quilting to it and its even MORE beautiful!

  6. Thank you for linking up to Put your foot down. Cute block.

  7. I've been seeing this blocks all over the web and am falling in love with them. Your's is beautiful especially with that lovely quilting! Thank you for sharing!


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