Thursday, 27 September 2012

Christmassy free motion quilting


I have been quilting my Vintage Holiday QAL blocks and decided to do a really Christmassy theme for the quilting. Whenever I'm thinking about Christmas (which this year I can't seem to stop thinking about!) I find myself doodling holly. I went with it and after realising how easy it would be to free motion quilt the design, I started:


Try doodling the pattern on paper, see how easy it is! It looks great as an all over pattern but would also work as a filler on a small part of a quilt.


I always struggle with quilting myself into a corner or having to stop and start, what's great is the line in the middle of the leaf and the berries means that you can always move easily in different directions. Occasionally I threw in an extra leaf just to get myself where I needed to go! More than a few times I travelled over the line in the leaf to get back to the berries and move somewhere else - hope that makes sense. Let me know if you try it :) This is the first time I've totally made up a design and it was liberating.


It's also a good way for me to practice doing circles (I'm really not good at them at all) and it felt good to do some fmq again. I've prepared the binding so I should have a finish to share soon. **EDIT - to see my finished Vintage Holiday, click here**



With so many projects on the go my husband has noticed the amount of fabric collecting all over the place, he recently told me the quilts are like Gremlins and keep multiplying! Then today he said our house was starting to look like 'AbaBrennans' in reference to the local 'Abakhan' fabric shop! Not sure whether the joke is funnier than the very fact he now knows what Abakhans is!!

I couldn't resist linking up with Diane at From Blank Pages...

Quilting for a Cause

Here's my 80s picture (thank you facebook friend for posting this one!)... I think I'm at a fancy dress party and apparently a sad clown... also pretty sure my mum made that costume!




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20 comments:

  1. Good for you making up your own pattern! It looks fab there next to Santa!

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  2. You're so clever! I'm not sure it would look quite the same if I tried.

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  3. Great quilting! there's no stopping you now! You'll be writing a book before we know it!

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  4. The quilting is fab even if you did mention the 'C' word...

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  5. That's brilliant quilting! Very clever!

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  6. What a great FMQ design, Lucy! Some day, when I actually try FMQ, I'm going to try this one. Maybe it will correspond to actually startting/finising my vintage holiday quilt!

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  7. Lucy your quilting is gorgeous. Good on you!

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  8. Your FMQ is super! I love the old fashioned Santa fabric. Is that DS fabric I see?

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  9. That FMQ looks really good!And yes, sewing grows! And takes over. Your little corner is really quite restrained!

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  10. I love your fmq, so neat and a great pattern. Love your photo: wish I had been that young in the 80's!!

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  11. Your quilting is beautiful! I might have to borrow it for my Christmas quilt... ;)

    Jennifer :)

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  12. I love your holly quilting. I'm looking forward to seeing your Christmas makes this year :)

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  13. Love the FMQ design! So perfect for Christmas. Will have to keep that one in mind!

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  14. Fab hubby you have there! I just bought an armchair for my sewing room - waiting for mine to notice!

    Love the FMQ - you have really aced this! Top of the class Mrs B!

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  15. The FMQ is very cool - clever you! The photo is very adorable.

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  16. Oooh! I am partial to all things holly (my Chookie is one!) and have a Christmas quilt from 2 years ago that I am stumped with, quilting wise. I may be un-stumped! Wonder if I could get it to look as good as yours?

    Loving you as a wee Pierot clown - classic eighties!

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  17. Love the quilting. So cute!!! And those berries look like perfect little circles!!

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  18. Gorgeous FMQ, very Christmassy!

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  19. A- haaaaaa!! I had a feeling it was you that did the holly quilting (although 2 years ago?!?! Good grief....) so I am shamelessly stealing the idea but will link back if that's okay? I think it might be perfect for (another!!) Chrimbo quilt. X

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