A “self-challenge”………

When I began to really believe that even I could FMQ on the quilts I complete I wanted to jump pretty much right to doing those beautiful feathers I saw at the quilt shows I attended or observed on the blogs I followed. Now, I have already stated that jumping in with both feet is a style I have practiced much over the years in many aspects of my life. This quilt was one I challenged myself to, first, draw only from my stash and, second, quilt with a feather motif. The first goal was fairly easy to achieve, after all, my stash resides not only in my sewing room but, also, in a couple other areas of our farm (outbuildings are great-once a corner is carved out for totes!). The quilting was another story. My desire for feathers definitely outstripped my expertise. That only served to slow me a bit and off to the fabric store I went to find a backing fabric with a print that I could follow. Paisley would do just fine. I outline stitched the appliques on the front (after I had the quilt “sandwiched”) and proceeded to quilt it from the back. Yup, I stitched the outline of the paisley pattern avoiding the outlines of the appliques. The results were quite good and quilting from the back is something I would do again, but did provide the challenge I needed to practice my FMQ for future projects!!

About treadlemusic

A quilter who rides motorcycle, living on a small hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
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6 Responses to A “self-challenge”………

  1. ivoryspring says:

    Oh, I do so love that quilt – the colors are to die for!

    • treadlemusic says:

      And I am still so amazed how my stash yielded such a finish;b This was to be a gift, but it seems to have put down roots right here!?! Happens sometimes…….:-) Thanks for stopping by…….

  2. Your quilt was just wonderful, and your quilting great. I have not deared to quilt fethers yet, but I will soon draw a pattern to try. Have a nice week. Hugs Jofrid

    • treadlemusic says:

      Jofrid, It is so interesting that “feathers” is the one quilt design we all aspire to. It is a lovely, graceful, versatile quilt pattern that is achievable with practice and really provides so much enjoyment in the process. For me, the quilting process has almost become the part of quilt making that I look forward to the most. Thank you for your kind comment and I hope you enjoy my little blog. Hugs, Doreen

  3. Jeanne says:

    What a great job of quilting! I’m not confident to do feathers all over a quilt yet but I hope to get this good one day. Your quilt is very pretty! It is so fun to just use your stash! ~Jeanne

    • treadlemusic says:

      Jeanne, I wasn’t lacking in confidence but really lacking in expertise! That is why I had to find a backing fabric with a feather-like pattern that I could follow. I, then, quilted it upside/right side DOWN and there in lay the challenge…….to avoid quilting over the appliques. Thanks so much for your kind words……:-b

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