Thursday, March 19, 2020

An Exit Strategy Finish at Free Motion Mavericks

Welcome to Free Motion Mavericks' link up for week 272. I'm thrilled to be celebrating a finish!

Presenting Exit Strategy 1 

Exit Strategy 1
Can you believe that all of these blocks started life as creations for the One Week Improv Challenge with Amy Ellis of Amy's Creative Side, and grew up to be this? (If you haven't been following along, see Related links below.)
Improv block
Improv block with added

I shared with you most of my progress in last week's post. This week, the big change was adding quilting in the sashing, some beading with pearls and garnet, and some wonderful roving. I even did more braiding 😊

I finally figured out how to FMQ around the top triangle of the first block. I was using some gorgeous variegated thread in block 4 and noticed that it was a perfect match for the fabric around the triangle.

I also added some dark purple wool at the top of the block. I had a hard time getting those beads on since the beads couldn't go through the larger needle needed for the yarn. It's called perseverance!
Beads, yarn and beautiful variegated thread
I started FMQ the sashing with triangles. Then, of course, I had to add something in the horizontal sashing, so my son created some smaller hexie templates for me.
Adding FMQ triangles and hexies in the sashing
The second block remained mostly the same, except for taking the purple of the FMQ on the right, outside of the block.
Only minor changes to Block 2
I added FMQ around the braided leaf in the third block. For a change, the feathers filled four different fabrics. I knotted and braided the roving in the middle of the piece to try to connect each block and create movement.
FMQ feathers around the braided leaf
In the fourth block, I started by FMQ spirals with that variegated thread that I mentioned earlier, and then added large wavy lines in the dark purple fabric.

Adding swirls
I wanted to add some beading in the right top corner. In my stash, I found a fresh water pearl and a regular pearl from my trip to China. I also added garnet stones on top and around the pearls.
Beading pearls and garnet
What I learned
  • This has been such a wonderful learning experience.
  • I learned that I can trust my intuition. I may not know what to do, but it does come eventually.
  • Working on one area of the piece often brought about an idea for another area, such as the variegated swirls and then using that same thread in the leaves of the top triangle.
  • One of the hardest thing to figure out it enough or is it too much? My son is very good at letting me know if something doesn't work or if something is missing.
  • Exit Strategy was my March OMG. I didn't think that I would be finishing it on time since our Fibre Fling show was cancelled and I didn't feel any pressure to finish it, so I'm really thrilled that it's done 😊 
Related links
  • The best place to see the progress of Exit Strategy is on the Exit Strategy page. You will find a description of the overall project as well as links to the various posts.
Linking parties & One Monthly Goal (OMG)
I will be linking up to the March OMG finish link up as well as many other great linking parties. Join me and let's see what everyone is up to. Needle & Thread Thursday, Midweek Makers, Colour & Inspiration Tuesday, Put Your Foot Down, Off the Wall Friday, Finished or Not Finished Friday, Friday Foto Fun, Can I Get A Whoop Whoop?, Beauty Pageant, Peacock Party, TGIFF,

Great News! Exit Strategy 1 was featured on Dione's Colour & Inspiration post.😊

Project details

Exit Strategy 1
18½" x 18½"
Techniques: improv piecing, FMQ, English paper piecing, embroidery, beading, couching, braiding, shuttered windows and open work, reverse-appliqué
Material: batik, silk roving, yarn, recycled silk sari yarn, silk thread, pearls, garnet, beads, Murano beads

Free Motion Mavericks

Thanks to everyone who linked up last time. As usual, we had some great projects. I do want to highlight a great wall hanging quilt based on a children's book, and done using a new technique from an old during the "Dust off A Quilt Book" Blog Hop Challenge. If you didn't see Frédérique's Grand Nord quilt, make sure that you check it out!
Grand Nord by Frédérique at Quilting Patchwork Appliqué
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  1. It turned out great, so much going on in each block.

    1. Thanks Denise. I had forgotten to add the Project details - there are tons of techniques and materials :-) It was fun but I'm glad that it's finished. I'm going to take a break before I think about the second one in the series. Thanks for linking up!

  2. This is a really fun piece!

  3. That turned out so great - a lot of cool techniques

  4. L'ensemble est très beau, j'aime beaucoup tous les embellissements ajoutés. Et bravo pour avoir fini l'objectif du mois dans les temps ;-)

  5. Et un HUGE thank you for featuring my quilt! Merci beaucoup !!

  6. Nice! Lots of great detail!

  7. I like "Exit Strategy" a lot, especially the embellishments.

  8. Exit Strategy 1 is WOW! So many techniques I've never heard of...but I really like what I think is shuttered window and open work.

  9. Lots of interesting embellishments. It makes me wish I could see it up close and personal. =)

  10. I have never done FMQ even though I have taken a couple of classes, but I have placemats made for one of our granddaughters that are ready for my 1st attempt to FMQ. First I am making masks for our youngest daughter who works in an ER in a hospital, but then I plan to do a lot of FMQ practice. Then I am determined to actually get those placemats done! The matching napkins are already done.
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