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Free Motion Quilting a Sampler taught by Leah Day

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Here are some details about my project:
Category Quilting
Type Functional
Style Traditional, Romantic, Classic
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What materials did you use? Cotton fabric - mainly Fabric Freedom's "Pure Velvet" and "Perfect Palette" ranges, but odds and ends from my stash as well (mainly the fairies and the lime green bits); cotton thread for piecing; polyester thread for free motion quilting and Hobbs Polydown wadding.

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What are you most proud of? Soldiering on and eventually finishing it. When I started the BOM course in October, nearly all the blocks had already been published. Had I started in January and made each block as it was revealed I don't think it would have seemed quite such a huge undertaking. As it was, I found that the project was more or less taking my life over, as I wanted to catch up with everyone else so much - even sometimes dreaming about it at night! Leah not only gives instructions for FMQ-ing the quilt as a whole, but also for the "quilt as you go" method, where each 12-inch block is quilted separately, and then the twenty blocks are sewn together when they are all done. I am so very glad I decided to go with the "quilt as you go" option, as I'm not a very experienced free-motion quilter and have difficulty in sewing in more than one direction as yet, although I'm working on it. Some time ago I vermicelli-quilted (stippled) quite a large project on a tiny machine without too much difficulty, but I thought this more intricate quilting would be a problem for me and I'd end up throwing the whole quilt out of the window in frustration! The "quilt as you go" method involves quite a lot of extra hand-sewing and makes a slightly larger quilt, but Leah also gives directions for machine sewing between the blocks if you want to do it. I used the hand-sewing method and was glad I did as it looks very neat and I quite enjoyed sitting peacefully, sewing away in the knowledge that I was on the "home straight". An added bonus is that the back of the quilt is interesting as I used different fabrics for the back of each block.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Don't be daunted by the apparent size and complexity of the project (the quilt isn't an enormous one anyway), but take it a step at a time and watch your work of art gradually taking shape before your very eyes. You'll be surprised at just how easy these two very skilled and reassuring tutors make it for you. They're reassuring about mistakes, encouraging about new skills and altogether "stars". Lots of people have completed both courses and it's so encouraging to see what they've done. Although we've all more or less done the same quilt, everyone has put an individual "spin" on theirs and it's wonderful to see how very different everyone's "take" on the BOM has turned out to be. Go for it - you'll be SO glad you did!

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Oh, my! You really out-did yourself with this quilt. The shades of purples and lavenders compliment each other so well! I wish I could sleep under it just one time. I wonder what I would dream about...............

02/27/2013 Flag

Thank you! Nobody has yet slept under it, but I have guests coming on Monday for the night, so it will get its first outing then! Hope they like it - they are people whom I haven't seen since before I got bitten by the quilting bug!

02/27/2013 Flag

Oh Pat, I have a little tear in my eye, I am so proud of you, despite only knowing you through BOM and only since October of last year. I have seen all the different stages of this project and to see it all complete is absoluately breath taking. Many congratulations on a fabulous, beautiful job, you have done both classes proud and are a real inspiration. It is something that I am sure will be treasured for many many years. Well done Pat - what an achievement. K x

02/28/2013 Flag

What a lovely thing to say! Thank you so much! It has been a long journey (completed much too fast, I'm afraid - a little more leisure taken would have improved things so much) and so much learned along the way. The learning has come not only from the excellent tutorials, but also from the other Craftsy quilters. Their (and your) kind words and encouragements means so much. Thank you again. Patricia

02/28/2013 Flag

Pat, you have been an inspiration from day one and I am definitely going to quilt the BOM now I have seen what a great job you have done, craftsy has opened up a whole new world to me both in skills and making friends. Karen

03/01/2013 Flag

The back of your quilt is amazing too Pat. A really fabulous back for a fabulous quilt.

02/28/2013 Flag

Thank you - it was a by-product of taking the easy way out! x

02/28/2013 Flag

Gosh Patz it's gorgeous. I bet you are really proud of it. I love all your purple quilts and if you ever tire of them they would have a good home here in cold Yorkshire! xx

03/10/2013 Flag

Thanks, Lesley! I don't know about cold Yorkshire - Suffolk's pretty arctic at the moment too!

03/10/2013 Flag

Your quilt is beautiful!

03/10/2013 Flag

Thank you very much!

03/10/2013 Flag