Monday 16 January 2012

Quilt Along with Leah Day #2

Hi. My name is Karin and I have been following Leah Day's Free Motion Quilting Project over the last year. I have been quilting since 2006 and have been free motion quilting for about 4 years. Here are my samples for this week's Quilt Along

Random Sample

I found random stippling actually quite challenging and found that it was hard to stipple in a consistent manner, a problem that I encountered before when I did stipple over a whole quilt. I think I have instinctively followed more of a row approach. It feels more natural and comes together more easily as a clear direction is followed.

Row Stippling

Close up

As you can see my stippling resembles 'Mickey Mouse' ears. When I first started to stipple that was the only way I could do wiggly shapes without getting completely lost.


  1. That looks nice and even to my old eyes. Mickey Mouse ears? Interesting way of looking at it. Actually, I thought I saw some gingerbread men in there! but thinking of mouse ears might help me keep a more consistent shape to my stippling. Thanks for the idea.

    1. I'd be interested to hear whether this worked for you. For me it was the only way I was able to achieve some variety in my stippling. Once I was able to stipple basic 'ears' I was then able to vary the shape, direction etc. still always following the 'ears' idea. That kept me on track and gave the overall stippling consistency.

  2. I think your FMQ looks great, mouse ears and all. I bet is looks fabulous on a quilt!

    1. Thanks for the comment. I have stippled two single bed sized quilts so far and am really happy with how they turned out. In fact, ever since then I prefer FMQ to the rather pesky stitch-in-the ditch...FMQ is much faster and more hassle free.


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