Saturday, July 21, 2012

Quilted!



I spent the week quilting this and learning new skills. 


"Winter Solstice"  68" x 88"

Pattern by Gwen Marston in her book, Liberated String Quilts.

                                                       




I thought I was learning feathers, but they turned out to be hearts.  Oh well.  I like hearts too.







I never thought I'd say this.  FREE MOTION QUILTING IS FUN!  (With plenty of dark chocolate.)

Now, off to shop for binding fabric and baste the next one. 

This just may be the summer of fmq for me!


36 comments:

Sharon said...

LeeAnn, that is fab-u-lous! Feathers are just stretched out hearts, so you are on the right track. Love how this turned out, great job!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Beautiful work!!

smazoochie said...

I love everything abut this one: the strings, the starry-night polka dots, the plaid sashing, the chubby feather quilting! Excellent job!

Frog Quilter said...

Love it! Gorgeous!!!

Jackie said...

It is just gorgeous!! And good for you with the quilting, you did a fabulous job! Chocolate helps everything, doesn't it??

beth said...

I see MANY more quilted quilts in YOUR FUTURE!!! Love this one!

sew.darn.quilt said...

Magnificent! A really spectacular tribute to the winter solstice.

Patchysails said...

Gosh its beautiful, who wouldn't want that on their bed or sofa..

meli B said...

How happy is this? Free Motion Quilting is fun as long as the quilt is small! I missed your last post. Just bought metres of white but it's waiting for an idea. I'll have to visit all your links now.

Clare said...

FMQ is my project for this year. I love this quilt. the polka dot fabric really makes it.

Kathie said...

just beautiful ! what a great finish, good for you.
this is just such a fun quilt I love it.
hey machine quilting is all about experimenting and practicing I think you did a great job, I happen to like hearts too! but I do see feathers in the stars..liberated ones but they are feathers!!!!!
Kathie

Cathy said...

Yay for fmq! And your quilt is divine, I adore all that colour on the black and white polka. Great job. xo

Rachaeldaisy said...

LeeAnn, Winter Solstice is wonderful!! I love your FMQ hearty feathers!! I can see you and your machine ( and dark chocolate) are in for some fun times together!!

Ailsa (Cape Pincushion) said...

Wow, looks amazing! Great job! I still need to learn how to free motion quilt, I've always been a bit daunted by it.

Sujata Shah said...

That's gorgeous! I set out to do feathers and ended up being leaves. But I do like them. Yes, Free motion quilting is fun once the tops are basted. I think the basting is back breaking, knee aching job.
What thread are you using?

Tonya Ricucci said...

woohoo, go go go!

Quiltdivajulie said...

Colorful! Wonderful! Congrats on the new fmq skills, too.

fiberchick said...

Fantastic finish! I love the polka dots...

Deborah said...

Oh! Oh! This is fabulous!!!!

YankeeQuilter said...

Love how this came out...the combination of plaid and polka dots makes me smile! Your FMQ looks great...at what point did it become fun? nice to know that may be in my future!

Kim said...

You did it!
FMQ......you may just be my inspiration to try it to!
Love this and now it will get bound and be done! Congrats!

Happy Sewing

Sharon said...

Oh, I love this quilt! Love the polka dots, the plaid and all the lovely scraps! And I love your fm quilting too! Good job! I just love how the dots make it look like it's snowing!

Yes, dark chocolate improves much in life! hee hee!

sarah said...

Absolutely stunning!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Sew cute! Congratulations!

Marit said...

Very brave and very pretty!
; )

Helen said...

I am so happy for you! Now I know I have to give it a try. I already have the chocolate.

JaneB said...

I needed a nudge to get going on my free motion quilting. Do you use a spray basting? Your quilt is wonderful!

Mary Keasler said...

Great job all around.

pratima said...

It looks stunning! Your quilting is beautiful! The different varieties of fabrics makes it very interesting to watch!

Barbara said...

Smashing! And good for you that you are tackling FMQ.

Sharon said...

string quilts are so fun, your stars are great.
I am so flattered you came to my blog! I have been following yours for ages.

Barb said...

Yea! great quilt and the quilting looks great.
Love the b&w polkadots!

Vesuviusmama said...

I'm impressed that your feathers look like hearts- my FMQ attempts haven't looked like anything at all! I love the quilt!

P. said...

This is fabulous! I just love it. Great job! And dark chocolate makes everything better!

Lori said...

At first fmq frightened the do do out of me. Now it is completely meditative. I love all stages of quilting really, even the binding. But the best for me is the quilting.

Helen in the UK said...

Found your blog through a link on Quilter Kathy's blog to your streak of lightening quilt. Then got to looking around generally and found your Winter Solstice quilt - WOW stunning!!! I have Gwen's book you mention, so will have to check out the pattern ... I have plenty of strings :)