Thursday, April 2, 2015

Friday Progress


Sorry, no finishes today, just
practice, practice, practice.
I've watched Leah Day's videos everyday.
I had a goal to practice daily this week, and
I stuck with it. I attempted feathers today. 
Okay, I've never actually seen feathers that look 
like mine here, but I claim artistic interpretation.
This is a fat quarter sectioned off, and I used
the least expensive poly batting I could 
purchase. It was thicker than I was used to, 
but it was no problem. It did create extrodinary loft.

Two full days of stash busting to yield this palette.
 The squares were already matched up, and I took them 
along to Wednesday night sewing. While I 
sewed, both my mom and daughter helped me 
out by clipping, pressing, and starching HSTs.
By this afternoon, I had sewn half of them
into quartered squares, and could put some on 
the design wall. I LOVE this project! If you
missed the beginning, it's here.

Today I had a surprise in my mailbox. 
Darlene, a.k.a.Quilt Shop Galsent me a 'surprise' gift 
for linking up to her linky party a few weeks ago. 
Just a surprise thank you, and I wanted to share. 
I'm not usually a pattern follower, but there are 
several in here I'll be making. They ARE adorable!
What a kind gesture, and what a lovely gift. I
am sincerley grateful, Darlene. Thank you so much!

Quilt Shop Gal also has a 2015 Free Motion 
Quilting Challenge for any of you folks like me
who are working on your FMQ skills. I'll be linking
up something this month so see you there.

Head's Up also to those of you finishing projects
for 2015 Q-1 Finishes with Adrianne
On the Windy Side. Don't forget to link up
your finishes. Link ups for the second
quarter will begin soon. 

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

Another fun finish up party runs monthly at 

I'm linking up today with~
Don't forget to check back late Friday night for 
the start of the Pet Project Show, and link up. 
I'll show some of the Doxie Girls and my favorite 
link ups from the month of March.

Pet Project Show

Until then--
Come on, Doxie Girls.
Let's go sew.


Stephanie said...

Love the HST quilt in progress ... so scrappy yet so harmonious!

Muv said...

Hello Julie,

Fabulous FMQ practice piece. I can see elements of a monochrome landscape - bare tree, swirling clouds, running water, ferns blowing in the wind...

Thank you for linking up with Free Motion Mavericks!

Love, Muv

Jayne said...

Great job on sticking with the FMQ practice! I think you are doing a fantastic job! Love your rainbow of color fabric...gorgeous!

QuiltShopGal said...

Your color palette is lovely. You certainly have a great eye for color. I struggle so when it comes to such, but trying to learn. Yours is total #CreativeGoodness. Glad to hear you received your little "Surprise Prize" for participating in the weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties.


sophie said...

I often refer to my FMQ feathers as "loops on a string" ... they may not look like anyone else's feathers, but I have come to love them because they are "me." I recently quilted a quilt using templates for feather wreaths and a feather and star border and they seemed like Alien feathers to me ... they were so perfectly even and not at all me. I love your FMQ tree!

HeathersSewingRoom said...

I really like the result you are getting with your HST quilt. It looks like you have some interesting quilts in the book.

Anonymous said...

Ooooh, you're good at that! I have been a disaster, but you are right about the practice! And a good sharp needle :)

Auntie Shan said...

Oooo... **STASH**!!!

Sarah Craig said...

Feathers are tricky - buy cheap notebooks and doodle, doodle, doodle!

Lilly's Mom said...

This is such a lovely palette of colors you have chosen to work with. I'm sure it took many hours to put it all together. It's really a beautiful quilt piece.

VeggieMummy said...

Wow - love the FMQ. I can only just about do normal type quilting! Can't wait to see your new quilt finished. x

Penny said...

So inspirational. Love the colours.