I started by creating a few smallish quilt sandwiches using a collection of solids from my stash and my hoarded batting scraps. Each of the sandwiches is 12 1/2" high but the widths range anywhere from 9-18"+/-, and there's a healthy mix of single pieces of fabrics and some that have been pieced in a colour blocked fashion.
Next, I scoured Pinterest for FMQ ideas and tutorials (as a side effect, I've become thoroughly addicted to Pinterest). Then the fun part - actually putting thread to fabric! As a prolific doodler this whole idea of essentially doodling in thread is right up my alley, and I've been having a lot of fun trying out some new motifs. And bonus, I'm already noticing an improvement in my skills and my FMQ confidence. My plan is to eventually join the quilted pieces together using a quilt as you go method (method is TBD, any suggestions?) and create a collage of colour and texture.
Here's a list of the links that have inspired the FMQ pictured above:
- Varied wavy lines, by Angela Walters - All People Quilt
- Pebbles - no link, but Natalia Bonner's Beginner's Guide to Free Motion Quilting has excellent instructions and several fun variations. The Matchstick Feathers are from Amy at 13 Spools
- Retro Square-ish Motif - This was an accidental variation of an FMQ image from Sew Katie Did
- Dogwood, by Elizabeth Hartman - Oh Fransson!
- Clams - another linkless pattern that can be found in Beginners Guide to Free Motion Quilting.
- Flower Power, by Lori Kennedy - The Inbox Jaunt
- Swirls - again, check out Beginners Guide to Free Motion Quilting
- Triangle-ish Chain - another variation from the FMQ image from Sew Katie Did
- Woodgrain, by Lori Kennedy - The Inbox Jaunt
Or you can find me on Pinterest for quick access to all of these and more - so, so much more - I mentioned my new addiction, right?!
I'm linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced for the return of WIP Wednesday - I can't wait to see what everyone else has been working on over the holidays!