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Pink FMQ

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Design It, Quilt It: Free-Form Techniques taught by Cindy Needham

Pull out those unfinished objects! Cindy Needham will inspire you with stitching techniques to put gorgeous finishing touches on your work of art.

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Here are some details about my project:
Category Quilting
Type Functional
Style Whimsical, Classic, Romantic
KChristine on craftsy.com

What materials did you use? cotton fabric, polyester batting, trilobal polyester thread for quilting

KChristine on craftsy.com

What are you most proud of? This is the first FMQ quilt I've done that I've been able to relax as I quilted it. I'm finding my "hum-purr", in Cindy's term. And I did it on an ordinary sewing machine. I had to go on-line to find a darning foot for my machine, and the one I found isn't optimal -- but I learned that you don't need top-of-the-line equipment to do free motion quilting. I stuck with it, and now I'm getting really good at it!

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Don't give up. Don't wait til you can get a fancy quilting machine before you try free motion quilting. Just use the one you have and make it work!

KChristine on craftsy.com

I am so glad you posted details. I am feeling discouraged and thinking that I need another machine a quilting machine to get nice results. You have inspired me with your beautiful free motion work on a sewing machine.

02/22/2013 Flag

I used a 30-year-old Pfaff machine to quilt this (I used a 60-year-old Singer to piece it). One trick for the quilting is not to make the feathers bigger than about 2" long. That way you can do a feather in a single swoop. If your feathers need to be bigger than that, used a pointy fern-shaped feather so that you can stop and readjust if necessary at the tip of the feather-fern.

03/02/2013 Flag

Did you mark anything or was it just sew as you go? I love it it turned out wonderful and I am inspired to keep on trying. Thanks for sharing.

03/09/2013 Flag

I mark the spines only. I look for center spots and think about how much room I need to leave for the feathers on both sides of the spine. Then I find a pie plate with the right curve and draw the curve from center spot to center spot using a washable marker. Ror the border, I used the long side of a big oval quilter's hoop.. This marking takes a while, but I think that I need this regularity to offset the free-formedness of the feathers.

03/09/2013 Flag

Inspirational!

03/18/2013 Flag

So incredibly beautiful. I just love what you have done.

05/16/2013 Flag

Great job! I love the leaf technique idea for wide feathers.

10/08/2013 Flag