It’s Saturday and……

It’s become overcast and rainy. A great opportunity to spend time at the sewing machine getting back to using the FMQ technique begun when Leah Day initiated several of us into the skill of “micro-stippling”. Her project took us through the various prep, quilting, and finishing stages of a 16″ whole cloth piece. Guess I can safely say that I’m “hooked”. The piece begun this afternoon is 50″ square and utilizes parts of the same quilting pattern we used in the smaller project. I am first stabilizing each square by stitching in the ditch next to the lattice strips, then stitching the outline of the motif itself. Next comes the fill with stippling. I am glad the skills learned a while back seemed to remain so I slipped right back into the rhythm! Fun! By the time I finish this quilt this technique should quite well ingrained!!! “Becoming one with my sewing machine” is a phrase that pops into my mind while sewing. For this I must thank Leah and her ability to bring me along in my learning.

The day has ended with a supper of a seafood pizza made on sourdough crust. It is a white sauced pizza with fresh portabello mushrooms, whole milk mozzarella and the crust edges stuffed with ‘string’ cheese. And, now, to sit back and totally relax! The temps continue to be below ‘normal’ and, consequently, the cycle remains in the garage! Maybe next week!?! After all,  it still is only April~~~~~~

About treadlemusic

A quilter who rides motorcycle, living on a small hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
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20 Responses to It’s Saturday and……

  1. Malini says:

    Love your quilt Doreen. Its so beautiful. I can’t wait to see it finished.
    Like you said I’m really hooked to micro-stippling as well.

    • treadlemusic says:

      My hubby tells everyone that, as he’s observed me doing this project, he feels I must be “certifiable” and ready to be confined somewhere!!!! Funny, he’s, also, amazed at the amount of thread that is used in this process!! Am looking at your pattern as a “spring-board” for my next quilt…..yup, ‘next quilt’-it never ends;my head just spins with ideas! Thank you for stopping by for a Monday visit…..hugs, Doreen

  2. Kelly says:

    That quilting technique is so pretty it’s intimidating! Looks wonderful – congratulations on your Liebster award!

  3. Vicki H. says:

    very pretty, indeed!

    • treadlemusic says:

      Vicki, So glad you stopped by! Thank you for the kind words. After doing the small whole cloth square (Leah Day’s QAL on micro-stippling) I wanted to see how the technique would work on a larger project. It really does get easier the more I do it! DH says the word would be “obsessed”….hmmmmmmmm! Hugs, Doreen

  4. I love how the pizza is like a quilt of its own! And that quilt is beautiful! so fun!

    • treadlemusic says:

      That pizza is a fave of ours! Never noticed, but you’re right….it does look like a little quilt! Made it so there would be leftovers (yum!) for tonight as I have quilt meeting and we always do a light meal which leaves DH to “fend for himself”! He won’t starve tonight!!! Hugs, Doreen

  5. Jeanne says:

    I awarded you with the Liebster Blog Award! Go to my blog and check it out!! Congrats!! ~Jeanne

    • treadlemusic says:

      I feel so honored! Thank you!! I have ‘met’ so many new friends through this endeavor and am so much the richer for it!!!! Now, to put my ‘thinking cap’ on! Super hugs back at ya!! BTW….am micro-stippling today but tomorrow looks to be a motorcycling day..yippee!!!!

  6. candy says:

    Hmmmm…that design looks familiar….where have I seen it before? 🙂

    • treadlemusic says:

      You are so cute..hehe! I know I have to move on but I have another quilt (QOV–quilt of valor) that is waiting ‘in the wings’ that has the same lay-out as the lattice quilt I’m doing now. I want to alternate raw edge applique stars and outlined/stippled stars in the white blocks of that one. It will be larger (55″x65) so will have a bit of the stippling in it (maybe not quite so “micro” or I won’t live long enough to get it done!LOL!). Onward to the machine. Hope to show a bit of progress tomorrow…….Have a great Monday….hugs, Doreen

  7. Jeanne says:

    This quilt will be stunning! I am so glad that you enjoy this! ~Jeanne

    • treadlemusic says:

      But I haven’t moved on to the latest assignment!! Have you??? Don’t want to let go of this til it’s totally “ingrained”!!! If I’m able, I really do want to do the latest exercise but I’m still having fun with this! Hugs, D

  8. Hi Doreen, I love the 3-D effect and the different textures you achieve. This is going to be one very special quilt 🙂 Take your time and enjoy!

    • treadlemusic says:

      Usually I can sit for hours and do the machine quilting, but with this I seem to take a lot more breaks! I really am enjoying it, though. I wonder how many other projects will get interspersed with this one? Right now I really don’t have any deadlines for any of these!-D So nice of you to stop by for a visit! Hugs…..

  9. Jen says:

    Wow. You are going to try it again? That is terrific. It looked so beautiful on the first whole cloth you did. Can’t wait to see it completed.

    • treadlemusic says:

      That picture is of the first motif and there are many more, although they are modified from the original. Will keep my progress posted——-I think I will need the “accountability”….hehe! Hugs, D

  10. karen says:

    that is very pretty quilting! One day I will ry again to do free motion, I have only tried a time or two and I’m afraid I just wasn’t in to it. I will stick with hand quilting for now!

    • treadlemusic says:

      For me, this type of stitching is about the immense, trapunto-like surface texture that is produced. It fascinates me……and causes my eyes to cross at times!!LOL! Thanks for stopping by! Hugs, D

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