Pink Log Cabin

Project Description

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! 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!

What you will need

  • cotton fabric
  • polyester batting
  • trilobal polyester thread for quilting

Q&A with KChristine

Scheri Manson asked:
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.
KChristine answered:
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.
JHart asked:
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.
KChristine answered:
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.