Sunday, 7 October 2012

UFO Sunday # 7

Another week gone...

Still working away on my Japanese Table runner, however had many distractions this week. As I am not working on any bigger project at the minute I have been free to just explore different things that tackle my fancy. We had the Australian Machine Quilting Show in town last weekend and I spent most of the afternoon there, coming home with a bag of goodies. Bought  another book... 'Dream Feathers by Peggy Holt' and have been drawing feathers all week and practising FMQ in general.

Karin's Swirly Freeform Feather

How cool is this. This is the final version of a drawing I started earlier in the week. All freehand...I am very impressed with this book, it seems to have made that final link for me in terms of putting feathers together. At first I was a bit sceptical as Peggy Holt talked a lot about coming up with your own versions of designs but before I knew it I had half a book full of different ideas...some good and some not so good. Main thing was they were all achievable and were tailor-made to what I like and find easiest. This is what I like about this book, you do not need to hunt around for that perfect motif, rather you can just make it up yourself making it fit into the specific space that you need to fill on a quilt.  I did stitch the drawing above and did the feathers freehand in a 4 inch space. Worked fine in the feathers without marking but realised I would need to draw in the base shape beforehand,  as this is just too long to stitch freehand without a wobble in it. Will keep going on this...

In terms of UFOs, here is the next one that needs completing



This a panel I stitched together into a wall hanging. I used it to try different decorative stitches of the machine and outlined the main parts just with the walking foot (yes, this has been sitting in the cupboard for a few years by now). The problem was that it left me with hundreds of threads to sew in and this took the fun out of it and it got left behind. Not sure what to do with it and even thought about chucking it...I used a wool batting for this and it is very puffy.

Maybe I should use it to practice FMQ in it. I could microstipple the background behind the house, outline some cats and birdhouses...the border has little stars in it, so I thought I could do a loopy line design with some stars in between.

Question:
- If I microstipple one area will I then have to heavily quilt all around it to make it even or could I just outline some of the cats for example in the next few sections. Not sure whether this would look odd with a heavily quilted section in between.

And what is this...yes, could not help myself...trialling a new block I found. It is from the EQ program Blockbase and is called Gumleaf

 
Here are 2 blocks sewn together out of scraps, forming one half of the very skinny star in the middle. Love this, just have to find a way to deal with the bulk of the seams where the three skinny points meet. This is foundation pieced, so comes out very accurate (I use very thin interfacing for the foundation rather than paper- this way it can be left in).

As you can see I am off in all sorts of directions at the moment. Should be interesting to see what I actually end up doing.

Linking up to Leah Day's UFO Sunday  later on.

Until next time


Karin

10 comments:

  1. Love wool batting so light and fluffy and easy to quilt. I would definitely use this to practice FMQ. Stippling in one area doesn't mean you have to heavily quilt in other areas. In fact it is a great way to lift the other areas of quilting so they stand out. I would do a line around the suns and moons and then stipple in between them, would make those pop out. Stop there, see how that it and then work out the rest of the design. I find sometimes that trying to figure out the whole design can be difficult and it is easier to work on a part of the quilt and then let it speak to you as to what it needs next.

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    1. Yes, you might be right...starting on the one area might make it more obvious what to do with the rest. Thanks

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  2. Oh wow! You have a lot going on! I love your free form feather. I think it would be fine to micro stipple around the kitties.

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    1. Yes, it feels a bit full on as well, even though I am not really that productive...just got too many different ideas and get sidetracked all the time.

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  3. I can't help with your quilting question but I'm curious to see more of the Gumleaf blocks. Very intriguing pattern!

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  4. The pattern is interesting ...I am planning on using mainly tone on tone fabric and starting the first star following the colour wheel. Washed tons of fabric and will do the first trial block this week. Am very curious myself. Could be spectacular or a complete flop.

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  5. Those cats are adorable, I think your microstippling idea would look great on this wall hanging. If you quilted the background tightly, the house, trees and cats would really pop.

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    1. Started micro stippling a bit and yes, it really pops out

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  6. Your piecing and FMQ are both stunning in all of the quilts you have shared. I am very jealous of your feather design-- it's first rate.

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    1. Thank you for the nice compliment. Try drawing a bit...you'd be amazed what you might come up with. Looks more difficult than it is.

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