Thursday, December 01, 2022

Fun and Games on Free Motion Mavericks

Hi and welcome to week 409 of Free Motion Mavericks. Can you believe that it's already December? I'm happy to say that today I woke up to the Sun and everything covered with a dusting of snow 😎. I hope that it will stay. I like it much better than what seemed to be never-ending rain we had yesterday! I guess it's a reminder that all things, good and bad, come to an end.😊 

Free Motion Quilting Games

Version 2.0 is becoming a very collaborative quilt. My son sent me pictures of two of the games that he plays. They have now been incorporated onto the quilt.

Magic and Skyrim images on Version 2.0

Skyrim Compass in the lower black stripe and
squares, rectangles and circles in the tan stripe above it.

These are the images that I worked from. I drew out those beautiful Celtic knots and then FMQ in the various designs (in red below).

Skyrim Compass

Images of the various designs

It helped that the block that I was FMQ was fairly close to the edge.

Drawing the outline in
chalk pencil

Adding the designs to the Compass

After I FMQ the Magic designs in the square, I added swirls to fill in the space.

Magic designs added to the quilt

Filling the space with lots of swirls 😊

Adding the Sun

The largest space on Version 2.0 is roughly in the middle of the quilt. My mother had quilted the Sun. You can see below that I've started that section. It's rather intimidating!

Adding the Sun in the middle of the quilt

I started by creating a paper pattern of the space that will be occupied by the Sun. It's roughly 45" wide and almost just as long, but in a very awkward shape.

Drawing out the Sun

Template of the Sun area

Since there were a lot of straight lines and one very large circle, my friend suggested that I might want to use the walking foot. Although it's not as fun as FMQ, it's a lot more accurate on straight lines. It made for a lot of twisting of the quilt but it worked out very well. Next will come the fun FMQ part, although it's still intimidating since it's on such a large area. Oh well, one section at a time 😊!

What I learned

  • I really enjoyed FMQ those Celtic knots for the Skyrim Compass. They are so pretty! It took me a while to figure them out but after that it was simple to quilt.
  • Working with the yellow Golden Threads quilting paper made it easier for me to FMQ the designs accurately-ish! 
  • I used the designs that my son had provided for the Magic game, but it wasn't really enough to fill in the space, so I Googled it and found a few interesting designs that I could add to it. It was great learning more about the game. I can see why he loves it!
  • I thought that I might have overdone it with the swirls but my son said it was awesome, so I guess it worked!
  • It was a great idea to use the walking foot to quilt the Sun. I hope that it won't be too obvious when I add my own FMQ around it. I have to remind myself that it's a huge quilt and that these kinds of things won't stand out within the whole.
  • I'm pretty proud of myself for drawing out the Sun. I used the largest plastic lid that I have :-) and then actually used a protractor (I had to Google the name!) to measure the angles to draw the Sun's rays. The Sun is one of those things that I can't seem to FMQ, even on a much smaller scale. 
  • Next will come the rest of the Sun. I also have to finish a few of the areas such as the Travel Adventures, the First Nations and scenes of Canada spaces.

Related links

Version 2.0
December's One Monthly Goal (OMG)

Finishing the FMQ will be my December OMG. I really want my son to have his quilt to keep them warm this winter 😊

Linking parties

I'll be linking up to many fun linking parties, including the December OMG. Remember to link up below before checking these out!😊Midweek Makers, Design Wall MondayNeedle & Thread Thursday, Patchwork & QuiltsOff The Wall Friday, Put your foot down, 15 Minutes to Stitch 2022

Free Motion Mavericks

Thanks for linking up last week! We have two wonderful but very different FMQ quilts to share with you! Quilting Gail had a lot of fun graffiti quilting her partial log cabin quilt. I love how the FMQ turned out - you can feel the fun in those stitches 😀. Check out Gail's post to see all of the lovely graffiti quilting!

Graffiti FMQ by Gail of Quilting Gail 

Rebecca of Rebecca Grace Quilting is working hard at FMQ her own Jingle Quilt. It's very structured and very beautiful! You'll want to check out the images if you haven't visited yet!

FMQ her Jingle Quilt on Rebecca Grace Quilting

Now it's your turn!

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  1. His quilt looks great, so exciting to see it so close to a finish. Cant wait till you share its finish. Adding the game images was a very clever idea.

  2. Sorry, did not have the option to leave my name or url until after I added the comment above.

    1. Thanks Denise, I'm sorry that the comments section is giving you a hard time. I really have to keep stitching in this one. It will be nice to see it on his bed!

  3. I recognize those designs -- my son likes that Skyrim game, too! What a cool idea to incorporate those motifs into his quilt. Thanks for featuring my Jingle quilt last week, too. Oh MAN, this custom free motion stuff takes FOREVER!!! I hope to completely wrap the quilting today, fingers crossed...

    1. Thanks Rebecca. Games have always been a big part of my son's life. You're doing a great job on your Jingle quilt. Keep at it too - you can do it (in human days too!)

  4. I love what your are doing on your son's quilt! The designs are all so interesting. I think circles and straight lines are the hardest to free motion, although I can get some short lines "straightish", which Angela Walters says is good enough. The key for me is to be on a good table and only go a about 6 inches at a time. But, I do like precision so I turn to my rulers and larger machine for a lot of it. I admire your persistence with this are getting there.

    1. Thanks Kathleen. I like precision when I can get it but sometimes it eludes me! I would like to use my rulers but still don't have the hang of them yet!

  5. Haha not I can't believe it is December!! Your quilting is going really well! Good luck with your goal of a finish this month :-)

    1. Thanks so much Raewyn - I was looking at the calendar this morning and started to panic. I keep forgetting that I have more time than I used to, but I'm not sure that it'll be enough!

  6. You've really been pushing yourself to do a variety of quilting motifs on this project. The quilting looks amazing.


    1. Thanks so much Kate. It's been a great experience but I'm looking forward to some easier FMQ soon :-)


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