Thursday, January 27, 2022

FMQ Lake Louise on Free Motion Mavericks

Welcome to week 366 of Free Motion Mavericks. If you're looking for the Polar Bear Blog Hop, click here

I'm still working on free motion quilting (FMQ) the tan stripe with Canadian nature scenes from coast to coast. Our stop today is Lake Louise in Alberta. It's an incredibly beautiful lake surrounded by mountains, and is also part of Banff National Park. 

FMQ Lake Louise

It's rather difficult to take pictures of the quilting so far since it's all tan on tan. Below you can see the lake, mountains and trees. There's even an attempt at adding Château Lake Louise in the foreground.

Adding Lake Louise as we head east into Alberta

I've been going through some of my postcards and found a few that will be useful to help me add nature scenes of Canada on the tan stripe. 

Postcard of Lake Louise

I though that it might be interesting to see the stitching from the back - it stands out a lot more, for better or for worst. Here is the FMQ done so far.

Lake Louise, mountains and forests from the back of the quilt

Heading west, the mountains, forests, river and a bear - from the back

The west coast - the ocean and a whale as seen from the back

What I learned
  • Seeing too much details in the FMQ also includes the less than perfect sections.
  • We are supposed to embrace our imperfections...right? I'm doing that by sharing them 😊
  • I quilted this section too quickly but really, in the grand scheme of things, no one will notice.
  • I'll be researching the Prairies next - from the ranches to the fields, with a few National Parks added for interest.
  • About my thread issues. I'm still FMQ with the spool of Omni thread - it's really going well. I did go on a road trip with my daughter to pick up Glide thread at 3 Dogs Quilting. I brought my fabric and Pauline helped me match them. I'll be using the thread when I finish this tan stripe, or when I run out of Omni thread...whichever comes first!
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Thanks to everyone who linked up last time. It was great to see the many projects. I do hope that you saw Nancy's table runner, made with blocks that she and her friends made. Nancy of Grace and Peace Quilting free motion quilted matchstick, stitch-in-the-ditch, and micro-meander. If you've considered doing micro-meandering, check her post for her tip! 

This is one block of Nancy's runner. Check out the entire runner here!

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  1. Awesome, the quilt backs are my favorite. It doesn't look like it was quilted too quickly to me, we are our own worst critic. Thank you for the linky party. Have a great weekend.

    1. Thanks Denise. Yes, we are our worst critics...but I did find a very quick way to FMQ a forest with all of those zig-zags. That's going to come in very useful since I'll be doing lots of that once I hit Ontario and head east :-)Have a great week!

  2. Je suis d'accord avec Denise, et j'aime beaucoup ton quilting et tous ces détails représentés. Un bel hommage au Canada !

    1. Merci Frédérique. Je dois avouer que dans ma hâte, j'ai découvert une bonne manière que quilter des forets. Ça sera très utile lorque j'arriverai en Ontario et au restant de l'est du Canada :-)


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