Thursday, October 15, 2020

FMQ a simple star on Free Motion Mavericks

Welcome to week 302 of Free Motion Mavericks. It was a wonderful 300th celebration and I want to thank everyone who came by, left comments and of course posted their favourite Free Motion Quilted (FMQ) projects.

Simple FMQ Star

This is probably the simplest star to quilt although when it's simple there is also the expectation of accuracy...which is expected of other quilters and sometimes achieved be me 😊. 

Simple intersecting lines within the star
and outside echoing 
Here is the original pattern which is a combination of one of the AQS blog - 25 Ohio Star Quilting Designs (see link below) and my own design.
The design idea for this star

I used my walking foot to quilt this star. Since these were all straight lines, I wanted to practice using the walking foot. I will blame some of my accuracy problems on my walking foot, since it doesn't have very good measuring capabilities. There are only a couple of obvious points to follow and anything else is not very accurate.

The design does look great on the back of the quilt.
A lovely, crisp design at the back of the quilt
What I learned
  • I've really come to appreciate my walking foot, but I think that I'm going to have to invest in another foot that has better measuring capabilities. I need all the help I can get.
  • I FMQ this star on the same evening that I quilted the Sparkling Star, about a month ago. I am so, so glad that I had a star ready for this post. I hope that I can do this again 😊
  • I did practice drawing my next star, the Swirl Hook by Angela Walters. With this practice, I should have my own spin on another lovely star in a fortnight. I've included the link to Angela's video, in case anyone is curious.
Related links
Linking parties
I will be linking up to many fun linking parties this week. Let's see what everyone is up to! Let's Make Baby Quilts!, Monday Making, Colour & Inspiration Tuesday, Long Arm Learning, Midweek Makers, Needle & Thread Thursday, Peacock Party, Patchwork & QuiltsMonday Making

Free Motion Mavericks

Thank you for taking part in our wonderful 300th linking party. It was so nice to see everyone's posts. Wow, there was a record 24 link-ups, how wonderful!!! So how am I supposed to highlight all of these delights? Well, for those of you who linked up 3 posts, I will be featuring my favourite one today. 

From Denise at For The Love of Geese, here is my favourite because you know how much I love hexies - and such a different way of presenting them.

Hexie flowers by Denise at
For The Love of Geese
In December 2012, Rebecca Grace FMQ an amazing FMQ Border Challenge. I chose this quilt because I think that it would make the most amazing border for an art quilt.
FMQ Border Challenge by Rebecca Grace
I saw the progress that Frédérique of Quilting Patchwork Appliqué made on her Australis quilt, but I managed to miss the finale. How terrific it is!
Australis quilt by FrĂ©dĂ©rique of
Quilting Patchwork Appliqué
It's now time for Dione's lovely prize-winning piece, Crazed Diamonds. Dione of Clever Chameleon Quilting made this for the Island Batik's Vintage Reimagined Challenge. I couldn't resist using a close-up of her FMQ.
Crazed Diamonds by Dione
Clever Chameleon Quilting
Next we have Vasudha of Storied Quilts with her Winding River quilt made for an Island Batik Blog Hop. It's pretty amazing what she can do with the good old log cabin block.  
 Winding River quilt by Vasudha of Storied Quilts
Finally, there is my partner for this great linking party adventure. Muv of Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing, made two of these tea cozies, one for herself and the other for Bonnie Hunter who was teaching in Bath. I think that this is a great finale for our 300th post tea party.
Tea cozy for Bonnie by Muv of 
Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing

Wasn't that amazing? Well, we may have set a record at the party but I sure hope that you will all keep posting - no pressure 😊. So it's now your turn.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

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  1. Thanks for the feature, Andree! :-). I'd forgotten all about that FMQ challenge before you sent us hunting back through old content for your anniversary linky. I'm going to have to pull that one out to keep it "front of mind." That was quilted on my domestic sewing machine but I'd love to try some of those borders out on the long arm machine. Thanks for linking up with Long Arm Learning!

    1. Hi Rebecca, one of my favourite things about keeping a blog is being able to go back and see what I made. Without it, I wouldn't remember most things, let alone what I should have learned from those projects. Take care.

  2. Thank you for sharing my hexie flowers, I love them too so I don't know why I rarely make them. Well, except for hand sewing. The walking foot does take practice. For my old Singer the WF is a little different and I could stitch a straight line, the Juki WF is different and I cant even stitch in the ditch.

  3. Thank you for featuring my quilt ;) Un grand merci à toi, et encore félicitations pour l'anniversaire !

  4. Nice work on the walking foot quilting.

  5. Thanks for featuring my quilt and congrats on your party. That quilt represents probably the first time I believed I could FMQ something that could keep up with the "big girls". :D Today I have a very rare 2020 FMQ linkup, hopefully next year will see a return to normal output. Thanks for linking to Colour & Inspiration Tuesday.

  6. Your quilted star looks great! I struggle with measuring accuracy when I use my walking foot, too.


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