More and more, more free motion!
A few weeks ago I went to IKEA to get cheap cotton to use as backings for the insides of pillows. You know, the part of the pillow you normally do not see?
Do you do this too, or do you use fancy fabric for the insides of pillows?
Well anyway, I cut a few meters of the cheap unbleached cotton into large squares to use for the “pillow-insides”. ( I washed it first at 60 degrees Celsius to make sure it would not shrink more than the quilting cotton I would be using on the same pillow.)
It created a nice little pile, but also another pile of waste material as I could not cut all squares from the large piece. I kept these scraps thinking I would use them on smaller pillows.
While doing some research on google for FMQ inspiration I came across the wonderful pictures of a FMQ sampler book made by Candy from Candied Fabrics! So I decided on the spot I NEEDED one too! It looked so pretty!
And that is why I am feeling my wrists today… you know you can too much FMQ? ;-)
Here are my results so far; some good and some “slightly less good”. But hey, in the spirit of sharing, I am also showing you the ones that I will (or not) redo at a later date. Especially the ones with that I used a thick longarm ruler for need some work (like, reDO NOW!)
The rectangles are about 6 x 8 inches ( a piece of a cardboard box I had) . I sewed the rectangles with a walking foot, the rest was done with the darning foot.
Stippling: with this so-called simple pattern I have difficulty keeping an even distance. If the patterns are smaller I have less problems.
lots of eeeeees!
Spirals to the left and right.
An echo pattern that I call “hooks”
I call this “angular echo quilting based on the letter H”
Dodgy rulerwork… especially the centre….Hey it is practice too! :-) I need to measure more carefully, for sure!
And last but not least…Lots and lots of markings…. that will hopefully disappear with water and time.
I used a small spool of Aurifil Cotton thread that did not give me any trouble at all. I did not have to do anything out of the ordinary to that spool. It just worked perfectly!
My feathers are kind of OK for now. They are a bit wobbly sometimes and some are a bit angular. I am not aiming for computerized perfection, just having fun!
Signing off for tonight… a pile of laundry is awaiting my iron! Pfff…. not so fun!
Uhm, maybe I will just go to bed instead! Too tired for laundry tonight!
(P.S. I am linking up with “Anything Goes” at Stitch by Stitch and Linky Tuesday at Freemotion by the River