Wednesday 21 October 2015

October 2015 FMQ Challenge

Completed my pillow for the October 2015 FMQ Challenge over at Quiltshopgal.
Already talked a bit about the process in an earlier post HERE.
October 2015 FMQ Challenge
Different colour due to daylight, but same piece (still missing the cathedral window)

This months' expert is Lori Kennedy from The Inbox Jaunt and I followed Option #2 using Lori's 'Divide & Conquer' Craftsy class. As there were too many designs to choose from, I decided to do a sampler pillow of some of the designs. By now I have got quite a list of Craftsy classes and this was a good way to quickly remind me what's in the class. These are the designs I used from the class:

Paper Clip design: absolutely loved this; cute little design to frame something or put into a narrow inner border
Square Flower: this appealed to me as it could just be stitched out freehand and looked good no matter how wonky you stitched it;
Dots & Dashes: with just a few lines drawn, this is a nice modern fill
Flower Power: had trouble with this design when I last stitched it, and included it for more practice in this piece, filling out a 6" space
Hearts: formalised hearts in a row is something that I have avoided in the past as I am not that great at it; this time I marked half inches spaces in my section and that worked alright;
Ric rack: again marked some spaces but had some issues with this even though it only involved going up and down
Fabulous Flower: what a hoot...practised this on paper for a while and in the end I just stitched it out as I was not going to get any better at it; funny...the eye only sees what the eye wants to see. Initially I thought that my flowers looked sort of alright, but when I had flattened the area around it, I saw that all of the flowers except one, did not look like flowers at all. So, yep, suck at that design.
Lines: finished the bottom off with some lines
Gridwork: could not help myself and included my favourite grid, the cathedral window, in there

For the back of the pillow I choose to stitch an overall flower design to match the front; I did this fairly quickly and did not stress too much about consistency or scale or indeed anything...just wanted to get a feel for filling a larger space with that as this could make a nice larger scale, allover design. This worked reasonably well and was best stitched with the foot on the pedal. When I stitched slower, I tended to become smaller and smaller...
Really like the back of my pillow

As always, this was good fun!

Linking up to the October 2015 FMQ Challenge at Quiltshopgal.



  1. Cheryl nice Karin....yours shows up better than mine I love the back of your pillow too? but your divide and conquer turned out great!

  2. Looks fantastic! Great quilting!
    I already enrolled Lori 's class but didn't had time to watch it.
    Greetings, Rike

  3. Nice quilting Karin! But what are you going to do with all these pillows, LOL

  4. Love the sampler idea. It is so hard to choose just one design. The quilting shows up so nicely on the light color.

  5. Wow, does this pillow pop. Gorgeous free-motion quilting. I love the balance and visual impact you created with Lori's approach to divide and conquer. Great job. Total #CreativeGoodness


  6. Beautiful Karin! I think everything is balanced and placed nicely. Love the back too!

  7. Очень нравится рассматривать Ваши работы! Красиво!

  8. Love the sampler, Karin! It is a wonderful visual of the various fmq techniques that you tried. I also love that you gave a summary of each technique!

  9. Great job on your quilting. I love Lori's tutorials too ~ so many to choose from so the sampler was perfect way to sew.

  10. The quilting on the pillow looks absolutely gorgeous!

  11. Wow, I love how fancy the sampler turns out, it looks so elegant! That would make a great wedding present too, hmm, ideas abound! Your quilting is fabulous, great job.

  12. This is absolutely lovely, Karin! I love your composition and use of so many different designs! --Lori Kennedy


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