This fall I got the opportunity to test a new pattern for Sew Kind of Wonderful, the beautiful Mod Journey.
I chose to make my test version as a baby quilt in bright florals on a blue/grey background. The pattern uses the QCR Mini Ruler. I enjoy curved piecing, and the blocks came together pretty fast.
This is how the top looked after piecing. Lots of negative space. This demands creative quilting!
Earlier on I have mostly done straight line quilting, but also some simple free motion quilting. This time I felt I had to jump in with both feet and really challenge myself. Since the quilt is only 40" square, I felt I didn't bite over too much.
I am going to an "advanced" FMQ class this coming weekend, and I needed some real
practice. The above picture shows the quilting in detail. I marked the
main the center ring of the quilted flowers with a water soluble pen,
but the rest of the quilting was done completely free handed. I used a
steel grey quilting thread that blends in perfectly with the background.
The quilting is kind of wonky in places, but as a first attempt in "serious" FMQ I am very pleased with the result!
I had to take a 'stained glass' picture of the quilt in the late afternoon sun. For the backing I used Britten Nummer from Ikea. The quilting shows off very well on the backing fabric.
This quilt was a great experience both in piecing and quilting! I am so happy that I got the chance to test out a new pattern, and that I dared to challenge myself with extended FMQ.
I am ready for my quilting class now!
Keep on quilting!