I've been having an absolute blast with all this FMQ-ing! When I compare the latest batch of sammies to the early ones, I'm super pumped to see improvements in my tension, consistency and confidence. You guys, I even got cocky enough to dare trying out contrasting threads - gasp!
Here are links to the tutorials and resources I found that helped inspire/inform me for these FMQ motifs:
- Flower Power, by Lori Kennedy at the Inbox Jaunt
- String of Squares, inspired by this image from Sew Katie Did
- Pebbles, inspired by this Puzzle Box quilt. The actual quilting itself is totally different, but I love the way the pop of colour is left un-quilted so that it puffs up and becomes a feature.
- Graffiti Quilting, Amy at 13 Spools shared a great tutorial on mixing up motifs. I tried this technique on my final sammie and I wish I'd gotten up the nerve to try it sooner. It was a lot of fun and I love the results!
- Ocean Current, by Leah Day. This video tutorial is great.
- Stippling, I don't have a tutorial to share for this one, just the basic concept that stippling consists of wiggly lines that never cross or touch.
- Geometric Quilting, inspired by this image from Pinterest. Oddly, the article in the link doesn't actually include the picture so don't have enough info to give it proper credit :( If you happen to know the true source of this image, please share!
- Continuous Eight, Rachel at Stitched in Colour shares an amazing tutorial with video for this technique.
- Geometric Quilting, See #7
With some trial and error, I've arranged these blocks into a layout that I'm happy with, sewn them together and trimmed up the edges.
Now, I could use some advice...it's time to pick a backing fabric for this quilt and I'm stumped. I'm torn between a solid backing in a light colour - perhaps a soft aqua or pale pink, or a print. If I go the print route, I'm leaning towards low-ish volume but colourful. What do you suggest? Any specific recommendations of favourite fabrics that would work?
I'm linking up with WIP Wednesday, hosted by Lee at Freshly Pieced.