Friday, March 04, 2022

Tulip Medley for Project Quilting 13.5

I haven't had much time to join Project Quilting this year, but since this week's prompt is Rhythm & Repetition, I decided to take a couple of hours to make something. That's all I allowed myself because I know that I'm quite good at over-thinking and over-doing my projects. This was just a chance to play without expectations.

Rhythm & Repetition

In the Project Quilting 13.5 post, Trish included a couple of helpful links to articles on what rhythm and repetition looks like in art. I've included the links to these articles in Related links below. I was really tempted to do something with dots (they are so much fun to FMQ as pebbles!) in homage to Yayoi Kusama but I wouldn't want to do that quickly, so it'll be for another time.

Tulip Medley - Project Quilting 13.5

Stencils have been on my mind lately (for FMQ but also as tools for surface design) so I took out my lovely collection of stencils. As for the parameters of this quick project, I found an amazing pink hand-dyed fabric by Elaine Quehl and used bright yellow hand-dyed fabric for the borders. Whatever stencils I used would have to fit this textile frame. 

Since I couldn't be sure that any marking tool would come off properly, I opted to mark the back of the piece and FMQ it from the back. I've used this technique several times and as long as your thread tension is excellent, it works incredibly well. I stitched with the same Glide thread that I used for the Fantastic Fusion project, and knew it would be perfect. You can see the Frixion marks on the back of the project. I can ironing it off now that I've taken this photo.😊

Back of the piece marked with a Frixion pen

It was difficult to stop at just FMQ the outline of the design but I did want to keep it simple...and quick. Below you see my hack for keeping the binding down while it's being hand-sewn. Instead of very expensive clips, I use large paper clips. These have letters on them since I also used them for keeping bundles of fabric together when I piece. 

Using large paper clips to keep the fabric edge down

Here is a close up of the free motion quilted stencil. I even buried my threads!

Close up of the free motion quilting

Here are another photo with different lighting.

Tulip Medley

Project Quilting 13.3 Kitchen Influence

On January 30, 2022, Trish announced the third prompt of the season - Kitchen Influence. I've been wanted to make mug rugs but didn't have much time to make them or write a post about them. Since I've been linking up to the odd linking party through Instagram, that was the perfect solution. I posted in the last hour before it finished, but I made it! 😊 

I took out my favourite coffee fabrics and came up with two designs. On one side, in light blue-green, is Medium Roast on a beach, then Venetian Blend in a gondola and finally French Roast wearing a beret. I love these fabrics and bought them in two colours. The other side is on a pink background with Morning Roast on a lazy chair, a Columbian Roast dancing and another French Roast.

Blue coffee bean novelty fabric

Pink coffee bean novelty fabric

What I learned

  • It was difficult to stop myself from doing more free motion quilting or even adding beads or some trapunto to the piece. It's now done, but maybe one day I can keep playing with a version 2.0 
  • I wish that I had made 2 separate mug rugs with the coffee fabric because no matter how hard I try, I can never get both sides laid out the same. They are cute but the FMQ is a little wonky.

Related links

Linking parties

I'll be linking up to many fun linking parties. Why not check out what's going on out there....and of course check out Project Quilting 13.5, I will also be linking up to Free Motion Mavericks with Muv. Off the Wall Friday, TGIFF, Beauties Pageant, Put your foot down, Peacock Party

Project details

Tulip Medley
Created for Project Quilting 13.5
Materials: hand-dyed fabrics, Frixion pen, Glide thread
Techniques: Free Motion Quilting (FMQ)


  1. Bonne idée de répétition, c'est un joli motif de quilting. Bravo !

    1. Merci beaucoup Frédérique. C'est un plaisir de faire un petit projet simplement pour le plaisir :-) Bonne fin de semaine

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    1. Thanks so much. I love a nice easy project for a change :-)

  3. Love your fmq and as always, the fabric is fabulous.

    1. Thanks so much Denise. I really do hope to play a little more with it....some day :-) Hope you're doing well. Take care.

  4. What a brilliant idea, marking and quilting from the back of the piece! You did a great job quilting along your marked lines. My computer couldn't do it any better. And now you have me thinking about all sorts of other possibilities that come into play working from the back, like winding thick, showy threads on the bobbin that wouldn't fit through a needle...

    1. Hi Rebecca, I actually learned about the technique for stitching with metallic thread since it does much better in the bobbin. And then I took a course on Craftsy with Cindy Needham. One of her courses includes using a backing fabric that you use to FMQ over. You then have a wholecloth quilt on the front. It's an awesome technique and great for practicing FMQ.

  5. Hello Andrée, I'm transfixed by the colours of the tulip medley quilt - gold and plum pink. Gorgeous!

    1. Thanks Muv, I love that combination. I'm sure that I've seen it before - probably in my garden :-)


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