Free Motion Quilting Swirling Leaves 2
I was hoping to get this piece finished today but I was getting tired and I'm learning when to stop 😊
|Background Swirls FMQ|
I guess that it's been a while since I free motion quilted (FMQ) swirls. It took me some practice drawing and then I looked up one of Angela Walter's FMQ swirls video. That helped my confidence, even if I didn't really follow her instructions. I did some practice stitching but got really good about half way through the real quilting. It was a little more difficult than just quilting swirls since I had leaves to contend with. I wanted to stitch around the leaves as much as possible while still doing the swirls. Let's face it, from far, it all looks great!
|An oops moment!|
After completing the FMQ background of swirls, I started quilting the veins on the leaves. I used the same thread that I had appliquéd the leaf with. I decided to free motion quilt over the zigzag stitches since there were small parts of the leaves that hadn't been stitched down properly. This worked quite well and isn't really noticeable. I've finished 7 of the 10 leaves.
Preparing the border
I wanted to make a border that I could stitch down by machine, without having to add binding. I cut my outside border 2½" wider than it was needed so that I could turn the fabric over and just stitch it down.
I trimmed the batting and backing first and then marked my turning line with a Frixion pen that will iron out. I then turned the border over, pinned it and then stitched it from the front. I'm going to have to hand stitch the corners a little bit at the back, but it really went well.
|Trimming the backing and batting|
|Marking the turning line on the border|
|The border flipped to the back and sewn from the front|
|Close up of the finishing of the outside border|
What I learned
- After the last time I disastrously trimmed the backing, I was quite nervous about doing it again! I must have checked my calculations and my measurement 10 times before I actually trimmed the batting and the backing. It all went very well 😊
- Right now the borders are a little floppy - this will be fixed once they are quilted.
- I'm still not sure how I want to quilt these borders. I'm considering doing some straight line stitching in the inner border and then possibly some big leaves in the outer border.
- It took me longer than I expected to get into the groove of FMQ the swirls. Although I have been doing some FMQ, I think that I need to do it more often. With the holiday season coming, I have a plan and I hope that you'll enjoy it and maybe even stitch along with me! More about that soon.
- I'm hoping to get this finished this weekend so that I can hand it over to the auction organisers.
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