Friday 21 August 2015

August 2015 FMQ Challenge

Finished with a week to spare!

This month' expert was Angela Walters and I chose two options. For the front of the pillow I used some of the concepts discussed in her Craftsy class 'Machine Quilting: Small Changes, Big Variety'.
I concentrated on lesson 2 of the class  exploring the swirl in some detail...
This turned out quite striking...I love stitching with light thread on a dark background. Somehow my stitches turn out heaps better that way. If you want to read about the process of getting this done, please see my Post 'Progress on Pillow' below. I used 50wt Aurifil thread (#2000-Light Sandstone) with a 70/10 Sharp needle for the quilting.

The back of the pillow falls into Option 2...I could say that I chose this, however I more or less stumbled into this. Looking at the Angela Walter's book 'Shape by Shape', I remembered that apple core shape that I acquired doing one of Kim Bradley's classes some years ago. Using this, I then filled the alternate shapes with more of the swirls, given that I was having a bit of a swirl theme going on. I think that this would also look quite effective if you put a small stipple in there.
Also discovered something extraordinarily useful for getting rid of the white chalklines from my pencil...the top of the Machingers gloves, where it is more closely knitted for the wrist. Just using that part and lightly going over the lines, they disappeared with ease. Who would have thought!

Linking up to 2015 FMQ Challenge at Quiltshopgal. Make sure you have a bit of a look around...there is some fantastic freemotion quilting going on.



  1. Очень красиво получилось! Стежка великолепная!

  2. Oh Karin, I love, love, love it, your stitching is fantastic!!

  3. Beautiful, great :-)

  4. Oh your work is so neat. I am still a bit afraid to use different coloured thread. I like those large flowers as well as the middle bit. Beautiful.

  5. It is fantastic Karin. Love both the front and the back. Your stitching is awesome and what a great choice of designs.

  6. Hallo Karin,

    deine Kissen sehen wunderschön aus...ich bin begeistert von dem Quilting...

    LG Klaudia

  7. Karin this stitching is so amazing!! I love it. Great job.

  8. Love, love, love it, Karin! The curves and swirls are fun and upbeat! Your stitching looks great! Thanks for the chalkline tip too!

  9. Wie jeden Monat einfach fabelhaft. Und sogar eine Woche zu früh ;)

  10. I love it... looks amazing...


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