Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (13)

Crikey! That’s another week gone by! Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring and Share. I hope you’ll bring along the project you are working on and share in the conversations started by the links below or share the topics that have sparked your interest over the past week.

Magnolia by Allison ReidI will reveal my project in a moment but first I have to apologise for the less than perfect photos. We have been plagued with a solid blanket of grey cloud all week which makes the natural light very dull and flat – not great for photography. One plus point to the dull lighting is the effect it has on white flowers. Just look at this Magnolia Stellata – the white flowers glow in the gloom 🙂

Last week I was steeling myself to free motion stitch a design across a quilt top that had been a UFO for more than a year. Well! I’m happy to say I bit the bullet and stitched away like mad – my deadline was Wednesday as I needed to pack away my sewing machine, converting my sewing room into a guest room… By Thursday morning I had finished the quilting and machine stitched the binding to the front of the quilt 🙂

Binding 'Morning Mist' by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

This weekend I’ll be hand-stitching. There are a gazillion thread ends to bury in the quilt and the binding to stitch down.

Quilting on 'Misty Morning' by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

I’m glad I found the nerve to quilt in the quarter triangle squares – the un-quilted one on the top left looks quite baggy compared to the other three.

I wasn’t at all sure how this would turn out but I’m pleased with the texture the curly swirls create. With the encouragement of Jo Westfoot aka @thecraftynomadfleet (Instagram) I managed to stitch fairly consistent ‘flowers’ in the centre squares (these measure 3½”). The shapes show up more on the back of the quilt.

Misty Morning - back detail by New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

It was a big deal for me to FMQ this project. I’m so glad I did. As well as practicing my skills I’ve learned a few things:

  1. Skill and confidence in FMQ grows when you do it!
  2. There’s no need to stitch at high speed. Find the stitching speed that feels most comfortable – where foot pedal pressure and hand movements coincide to produce consistent(ish) stitch length.
  3. Switching to a smaller scale pattern definitely helped me produce better curves and more consistent shapes as I was able to complete more of the pattern before having to stop and re-position my hands.
  4. When I began to feel the muscles of my upper arm tensing I knew it was time to move the bulk of the quilt as I was having to use my arm muscles to keep the quilt in place under the needle. It was at this stage that it became difficult to prevent the quilt section under the needle pulling in the wrong direction.

I’ve found plenty of tips, information and insights in the quilty blogs I’ve read and the searches I’ve made this week:

Shannon Brinkley has published another helpful post on the subject of colour – this time using warm and cool colours to create different effects in a quilt top. I will be referring back to this and her series of posts on colour as I work on a couple of quilt designs I have on the go.

Carole shares the traditions behind the contents of a housewarming gift basket.

I didn’t know this was a thing but Alyce is doing a happy dance having bought herself some pre-made quilt binding!

Learning and practicing a craft can lead to opportunities to share skills and experiences. Margie Kempster is running a series of ‘instructor interviews’ blog posts. The first question she asked was: What teachers enjoy most about teaching? I’m looking forward to picking up some tips and inspiration over the next few weeks from the instructors Margie has interviewed.

I’m always adding fresh content to my Pinterest boards. Please do check out my Pins of the Week board (updated every Tuesday) and it’s follow on, Last Weeks Pins of the Week.

I hope you have a lovely weekend. You are welcome to link up a post – bring us a photo of your project and share some links 🙂


About allisonreidnem

New Every Morning – About Me Hi! I’m Allison, an obsessive patchwork-quilter who has no desire to be cured! I’ve been developing my skills and knowledge by paying attention at my local quilting group and by putting my questions into the computer search engine. I’m so grateful to the generous people who have taken the time to share their knowledge with me in person, via YouTube videos or their blogs. I’m intending my blog to be a link into the worldwide patchwork and quilting community and a means to contribute helpful hints and inspiration as I continue to discover more about this addictive craft. So, why ‘New Every Morning Patchwork and Quilting’? Well! I am a morning person! I often wake in the wee small hours and think through design and quilt construction issues. My woolly–headed evening brain finds such issues far too difficult to resolve! If I’m disciplined enough to be asleep by 10pm, I can be up cutting, piecing, pressing and quilting before sunrise! By the time daily family routine kicks-in I’ve had a satisfying, soul-feeding creative fix. (I should mention that ‘family at home’ is: my patient, faithful husband of 27years; and our equally patient 16 year old son, who acts as our in-house IT support complete with sighs and rolling eyes! Older daughter and son have both recently flown the nest). Not only do I find early mornings my creative time I also find it a time for receiving spiritual nourishment. I often find myself humming a gentle chorus and reflecting on God’s constancy as another new day dawns. ‘The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning, new every morning; Great is thy faithfulness, O Lord, Great is thy faithfulness.’ Edith McNeil’s chorus is based on verses from the Bible – Lamentations 3: 21-23.
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8 Responses to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (13)

  1. Thank you for sharing these FMQ tips. I lack confidence and I usually end up speeding through.

    • Hi! I’ve learned so much from watching FMQ on You Tube etc but the high speed stitching the experts use I found to be a bit intimidating. It’s taken me a long time – and quite a bit of practice – to realise that I don’t need to stitch fast to do ‘proper’ free motion quilting!

  2. You did a great job on your quilt! Thanks for the mention of my housewarming gift post.

  3. Your FMQ looks great – thanks for sharing your tips! I’m still learning – when I practice drawing swirls on paper it’s a disaster so I haven’t had the courage to try on fabric!

    • Practicing on paper is supposed to be good for muscle memory. Christa Watson wrote recently that when she’s running a class she gets people to try drawing curved and straight line designs. She finds people tend to be more comfortable doing one or the other. Maybe you are more of a straight line quilter? There are loads of interesting designs using straight lines you could try 🙂

      • You’re right I am more of a straight line quilter! The repetitive nature of straight lines is calming for me – probably because I was a cost accountant in my previous work life :). I sew love the look of FMQ!

      • That’s a good discovery 🙂 FMQ looks good enough to be worth the effort of a bit of perseverance! I recommend Christa Watson’s book ‘Machine Quilting with Style’.

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