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Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Free-Motion Quilt Challenge 2012

I have completed my first piece for SewCalGal's  The FMQ Challenge 2012.
 This month June - is Cindy Needham,  which I have REALLY been looking forward to.
How wonderful that she is able to freely pass on her knowledge to us all.
Thank you so much Cindy!
 First Sample - I have some photos of the steps I took to sandwich and draw on the chosen fabric.

The backing has been starched and ironed, I have used a wool batting and blue satin for the top.

All layers have been pinned together ready for fixing together

My piece has been zig zagged together and marked with a Marvy purple disappearing ink pen.
The only problem I have with this is you need to get it sewn fairly soon after marking, as it truley does disappear.
The large squares are 1" and the smaller ones are 1/2 "

Here is the back of my piece.
Only the squares were drawn - it was all FMQ on my DSM
I used a 70 Top Stich needle, Aurifil 50 thread top and bobbin.
The tension was 3.0 eventually!

Yesterday I got these fabrics ..

The grean is silk satin I think..
The gold is Dupioni
And the last two are some sort of satin that I will use to practis on.

I have had issures with tension as I am using the 440QE...but for the moment it is sorted, and I am off to work out some more.
I am SO looking forward to when my 820 comes back

Oh - I nearly forgot.  I have joined the Superior Thread University to learn more about threads...I have been preparing to do the first of the  monthly lessons.  I have some new thread a lovely folder and it really sounds so interesting...oh and a DVD.


Leeanne said...

Looks great Joan! A thread university......are you giving a joke? Is this for real?

Unknown said...

Another fantastic piece of quilting - you are so very good at these practice / test pieces - I tend to jump in and just quilt

Jane said...

Yummy fabric, have not had time to look at the new challenge, maybe tomorrow! This is a greta challenge with lots of ideas.
I really enjoy reading your blog.

Színek és álmok said...

Very beautiful talented amazing consuming :) Happy sewing Marika

Wendy said...

Love those satins!

Diana and LaDonna said...

Love how the combination of the satin and the batting really make the quilting sparkle and amaze!

Another great job, Joan!


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M and M plus 3 said...

WoW!!! I like how you've shown all the steps you've taken Joan. And your getting a the 820? I purchased a used one in April and am finally getting used to it although it needs to be sent out to be cleaned. I'm afraid I won't be able to do classes for mine since I'm not the original owner.

Cathy Hetzel said...

Beautiful quilting Joan.....can you send me some information about the Thread University please....it sound interesting.....Cheers...

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Janet said...

That piece looks amazing Joan, it makes me want to go back and play with fmq. The new fabrics will be gorgeous to play on.

Anonymous said...

Hey Jaon, I think you might be a superstar quilter in the making, all of you machine quilting is looking amazing!

Jacquelin said...

El resultado de la práctica te que quedado muy bonito. Me gusta.
¿Puedes hablarnos un poco del tema de la Universidad?

KeyQuilter said...

I have those lessons from Superior Threads University, too! I haven't had time to do them, but have 4 lessons so far ready to do when ---I don't know when! But they'll get done some day!
Beautiful work on this, Joan!

Anonymous said...

Joan, your quilting looks terrific and is inspiring! I have not had the opportunity to focus on this month's tutorial yet, but I see that I have lots of fun to look forward to.

Anonymous said...

A great looking challenge sampler. Thanks for sharing.

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