A small trek back a few years to the beginning of this current FMQ quilt stitching obsession of mine. It really took off when I was able to retire (4+ years ago) and begin to devote time daily to furthering my skills and building many special friendships through this blog journal. It became apparent that many of the techniques/skills that I had acquired during the time I had my sewing business (designing and creating bridal and formal wear) could translate well to this “new” art form. Piecing a quilt was ok but doing the quilting is what ‘spoke’ to me and my “artsy” side!
I quickly discovered that there were some similar “hurdles” that a FMQ’er faced as does a painter or other type of artist…………stitching that first stitch on a quilt is very much the same as the first brush stroke on a blank canvas. The question before me: how to get those “creative juices” flowing! Along came an article by Jenny Bowker in the magazine “Machine Quilting Unlimited”. Light Bulb Moment!!!! (see post here) Here’s a couple more samples……….
A few months ago I submitted my “take” on Jenny’s process to the magazine and shortly after heard from the mag’s editor, Kit Robinson, stating that this topic was going to be featured in an upcoming issue and would I consider submitting a photo to be included. Of course!!! So, here’s the result of this contact………….
I want to add that over the years I have had many magazine subscriptions. Most are satisfactory for quilt “piecers” but, for those who want to take a serious look into FMQ, I would like to highly recommend this magazine. The articles and tutorials are filled with information for everyone, regardless of their skill level. After all……we are all “in process”, hmmmm????
Thank you all for sharing in my journey. Your advice, hints and sweet encouraging words have benefitted not just myself but others who have been my faithful readers cum friends. Blessings to you all……and hugs always…………