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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Designs, FMQ Challenge 2015,

Hi!
In the middle of my DWR quilt - I have been trying to get this done..

for the FMQ Challenge 2015
which is being hosted by QuiltShopGal...formerly SewCalGal
and the Challenge can be found here
QuiltShopGal
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I am going to be away for a couple of days next week..(hospital) 
and recovering afterwards..so I am trying to get this done before I go.




I am using a piece I had ready to quilt..so first of all  I made a trial Piece so I could
work out what to do .


I basted ( with invisifil top and bobbin ) with my Sweet Sixteen first...took out the pins.. and it worked really well 
a first for me on this lovely machine.
I then used my ruler from Jamie Wallen at Quilters Opothacary which was SO easy to use ...to go round the straight lines of the Churn Dash block I had prepared ..


Then I was trying to work out what threads to use.  
I used the Burgundy Invisfil Thread for the edges of the coloured fabric... and had
An Aurifil 50 wt thread in the bobbin.
I did change the colour to gold  (Inviaifil in the top and Aurifil in the bobbin again)though for the white areas...I just wish I had Stuck to Invisifil in the bobbin though, as I have had some problems with tension

Fortunately I am very patient.
I used a size 10 needle in my Sweet Sixteen



I have a large pad of architects drafting paper that I use to work out designs...
Above is what I started to do first 


O course I changed my mind and finished with the one you see me working on below
.  
Then as I didn't want to ruin my original design.. I did the outline with a fine black marker... and then I worked out that I had to get my design printed on some white paper so I could 
reverse what I had drawn. in order to get a print for each side of the graph paper

I hope this makes sense.

I backed the drafting paper design with a sheet of white paper and photo copied this ...then reversed the design again backed with white paper  to print clearer and... then I had a white sheet of the pattern and a white copy of the original...1/8 of the design needed for the border.

As I needed to have the design on the actual architects paper so I could see through it to get the design on in the correct place..(.and discovered that the printer would not pick this up... )I glued just the top 1/2 inch of the drafting paper to a plain white  sheet.. and this enabled me to get the actual drafting paper printed on..

Phew


Then I made pin points through the design so I could place it where it 
needed to be placed on the border.

Yes it took time.

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I cut some of the white paper apart to see what it would all look like, though I was pretty sure I liked this one



Then I started to put the design on the fabric with a pounce pad and blue chalk.
I was then able to get the feathers on in place - sort of :)

The blue marking is with a Berol school ink pen from the UK...
I have used this previously, but it does take a fair while to soak out... a day or so
otherwise no problems.

The Purple is a purple vanishing marker,also from the UK which worked better.

The marking made such a messy picture after I did the main quilting and it was hard for me to see where I was gong
SO..



So I soaked what I had done and removed the basting stitches.
Here you can see the piece soaking in the water with a colour catcher ( just in case the red colour ran) and as I hope you can see... the marks came out.

Quilted  piece is blocked on my design board...
you can see the extra pieces of fabric on some edges... I used these to check tension on.



Front of piece is dry and ready to continue with my quilting... with all the blue marks soaked out


Back showing quilting to this point..

So far I am pleased with what I have done...as I have only had my machine since just before Christmas!


Sewing the back ground fill in the border - using my Sweet Sixteen



Sewing design completed...Back


Design completed ...front



 Pinning the piping ready to put the back of the cushion on


Pinning the back of the cushion.. which attaches the piping at the same time


'Birthing' of the cushion :)


The cushion is born! 




Completion.

Now I can go relax...read, and get myself ready for my trip to hospital on Tuesday :)

Or maybe sort my DWR out if I have time and get some more sewn on that!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone.



















19 comments:

Karin said...

Beatiful! You are very talented. Love the feathers surrounding the block.
Good luck with your hospital stay, hope you recover quickly.

Jackie said...

Once again perfection, your quilting is absolutely gorgeous. Best of luck with your hospital stay next week, I'll send prayers your way next week.
Take care of yourself.

QuiltShopGal said...

Absolutely stunning free-motion quilting, stunning colors and design. An heirloom pillow stitched with #CreativeGoodness. I'm in love.

QuiltShopGal
www.quiltshopgal.com

Janet said...

I loved reading about your process, the cushion is gorgeous. How are you liking the machine? It seems like you are good friends with it.
All the best for next week, hope your recovery is swift.

Patti said...

Perfection Joan. I'm such a fan! I'm sorry for the hospital stay but take this pillow. It will get you lots of attention!

happydaysquilting said...

Beautiful quilting :)

happydaysquilting said...

Beautiful quilting :)

Susan Lawson said...

Very pretty Joan!

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

What awesome quilting on your pillow!! Good luck with your hospital visit!

Martha said...

Oh my goodness, your quilting is simply amazing. I need to re-read how you did this!!! BEAUTIFUL!!!!!

Quiltsmiles said...

How Stunning! Your quilting always amazes me and I love how you share your process and plan of attack, thanks.
Good luck at the hospital, will be saying prayers for you.

Ivory Spring said...

Get well soon, Joan. Your quilting is gorgeous, as always!!

I hope you and Andrea are doing well. :) And of course the rest of your family.

lcscottage said...

Fabulous! Very inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

Jane said...

Oh so inspiring! You are making me want to stitch! Hope the surgery goes well. Safe recovery.

Can't Stop Stitchin said...

Joan, as always, beautiful and inspiring work! Lovely tutorial.
mary

LynCC said...

You make the prettiest things, Mary! I'm sending my best wishes for good outcome at hospital!

Molly said...

this is really gorgeous, and so much work- i am impressed with the time you took and your beautiful results... thanks for sharing!

2ne said...

Love your pillow :-)

Featheronawire Sally Bramald said...

This is lovely, really lovely.