Thursday, March 15, 2018

Baby Sea Animals - A Finished Quilt

This is a special quilt finish since it was made with the color choices and organizational helpfulness of my 10-year-old niece. Her second younger sister will be born at the end of the month, and together, we schemed to make a quilt together. It was quite the process!

My niece has already been learning how to sew, and when I showed her the "Awesome Ocean" pattern I had just bought (by Elizabeth Hartman, which I'm already using for the otter quilt), she was all in. On a weekend afternoon, my niece chose the colors and animals to make as we talked about contrasting fabrics. She loves bright, vivid colors, just like me!

As I mentioned in my last post, the animals are a LOT of piecing work. My niece helped me get all the pieces organized for the seahorse and even sewed some of them together while I continued cutting. Throughout the next few weeks, I sent her updated photos of the quilt as it developed. My goal was *just* to use the pattern for the animals and seaweed, and to piece everything together improvisationally.

 The clownfish purposefully looks like Nemo.

I quilted the whole quilt in pebbles that grew in size towards the outer edges, mimicking bubbles. This was easy and quite quick to do (other pebble-quilting projects like "Burst" have nearly incapacitated me since they required so much work). I used 50 weight Aurifil #2860 (light emerald), a shade slightly darker than the background, so the thread color would show just a bit. I'm really pleased with the final look; it crinkled so nicely in the wash.

I really love that she chose to make the ocean green instead of blue. I think it adds such a unique look to the quilt. Plus, the backing is some beautiful Anna Maria Horner flannel that I had left over from my epic AMH medallion quilt - I had just enough! My niece agreed that the backing was perfect (I think it even looks a bit like sea plants - see below).

Hopefully her new baby sister loves it. Both of us presented the quilt at the baby shower last weekend! I neglected to get a picture of us together with the quilt, but if I do, I'll update this post with it. Also, of course, babies on quilts... I can't wait to meet my new niece.

After the otter quilt, I think I'll be done with animals on quilts for quite a while! ;) On to the next challenge.

Linking up to Needle and Thread Thursday, TGIFF, Crazy Mom Quilts.

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Visit to the Mercer Museum - African American Quilts: From Traditional to Contemporary

I was thrilled to hear that the Mercer Museum in Doylestown, PA is hosting another quilt exhibit this year - and a legendary collection of quilts to boot. The Museum invited me and asked if I would write a review. Along the same lines as last year's Mary Schafer exhibit, I heartily believe that if you're:

1. Within a day's drive of charming Doylestown and
2. A quilter and/or
3. Interested in any kind of art

... you should make the effort to visit this exhibit of 30+ quilts before April 15!

"Pinwheel Flowers" -  maker unknown, circa 1860 in Bowling Green, Missouri. This was my favorite quilt! It was hard to capture its vibrancy via camera; like many of the others, it's best seen in person.

If you know of the legendary quilt historian Cuesta Benberry (1923-2007), you might know that she has a large collection of quilts. These quilts are owned by Michigan State University (MSU) and many of them travel around the country. This is a huge service to the quilt world and the world at large who may have yet to see quilts as more than blankets (which Benberry herself first believed before she visited her husband's family in KY, according to the interview at the exhibit).

Benberry's quest was twofold:
1. To showcase the diversity in African American quilts throughout history (i.e. they aren't all one specific style), and

2. To show that quilts, and specifically African American quilts, are worthy of scholarship and serious study.

"Friendship Quilt" - made by friends of Benberry (quiltmakers and historians), 1979.

I've become really interested in quilt history, so the exhibit was right up my alley. Part of the Mercer Museum's exhibit showcases the diversity of the quilt collection, including the only quilt Benberry ever made herself (which was a treat to discover; I'll leave that as a surprise to those visiting) as well as friendship quilts made in her honor.

"Black Family Series #1: The Family of 3" - Carolyn Mazloomi, 1996

Also included were quilts that depicted racial stereotypes (since Benberry believed in collecting all kinds of quilts) and quilts by the also-legendary Faith Ringgold, Carolyn Mazloomi, and Gee's Bend Quilters. The hand-quilting was especially a joy to see both up close and far away. It's definitely not something to miss.

"Memories of Trayvon [Martin]"- Cassandra Stancil Gunkel, 2017; "Barack Obama: 44th President of the United States" -  Rose Miller, 2017

The Friendly Quilters of Bucks County are also exhibiting quilts. What struck me most about these contemporary and art quilts was the passion conveyed for quilting and their guild. It's comforting and exciting to know that quilters all over the world discover fabric and quilty friends in the same ways that I have.

I hope you get a chance to go, if you're in the area! If not, try and catch the Cuesta Benberry Collection exhibit elsewhere. You'll be glad you did.

*Full disclosure: I received tickets to the Mercer Museum to provide this review. All opinions are my own. 

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Workshop/Lecture and Gallery Opening


A couple of exciting quilty happenings are going on this week in New Jersey/New York that I'm proud/excited to be a part of! First, this coming Saturday 3/17, there are just a few spots left in my Brick By Brick Improvisation class (3 hours) in Lake Katrine, NY (Grace Church). From 1-4 pm, I'll be teaching my favorite improvisational piecing methods and hope to help you develop your own quilt! I'm also bringing my latest landscape quilt, which is ready to be basted. Cost: $40 - email Linda Armour of the Wiltwyck Quilters Guild to sign up.

I'll also be giving my new lecture, "Modernizing the Traditional Quilt Block" at the guild meeting around 11 am ($5 for guests at the door), with the help of many quilts and some of these traditional quilt blocks. I can't wait!

Finally, "Crown of Orchids" will be shown in the Gallery at 14 Maple in Morristown, NJ through August as part of the approaching VIBRANCY exhibit. The opening reception is this Thursday, 3/15 from 6-8. My husband and I will be there, so if you come, please don't hesitate to say hello! I'll be the one with red hair! There will be works from 39 female New Jersey artists, and I'm looking forward to seeing just how colorful/vibrant the show will be (more info here).

March and April are always busy quilt-wise; this is just the beginning!

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Piecing for days


 Two ongoing piecing projects have unquestionably conquered my sewing room of late. Since at least a year ago, I've had a couple of traditional quilt blocks made from Anna Maria Horner fabrics sitting in a project bin. Ready for a new project, I pulled them out and started adding to the group with my stash of Oakshott shot cottons. Some of these will help with my new lecture, "Modernizing the Traditional Quilt Block," next weekend with the Wiltwyck Quilters of Kingston, NY.

I can't wait to put them all together! The colors and fabric selection are the most fun part. I'm also making different sizes of some of the blocks (see pinwheels, below).

The other quilt is for my husband. I was hoping to finish it in time for his late-February birthday, but when I realized how much time the cutting and piecing would take, he got a "whenever it's done" promise. He's okay with that though - it's not like we're lacking in the quilt department around here. :)

Anyway, I chose Elizabeth Hartman's "Awesome Ocean" pattern to make the otters (she calls them manatees, but I think it could be either!). This quilt takes hours of cutting (admittedly not my favorite of the quilting steps but obviously an essential part). The best way to organize myself was to place each otter in a separate Ziploc bag, with the parts labelled according to the pattern (there are alphabet letters A-U for each animal) and clipped with a Wonder Clip. As you might imagine, I very quickly ran out of Wonder Clips and had to use safety pins as well.

The 8 bags sat sadly in a project bin for a couple months, and it started to really bug me. This week, we had some pretty crazy weather (hello current blizzard status), so I decided to finish up my audiobook (After You by Jojo Moyes) and start piecing. I found it quickest to glue small pieces (we're talking 1" x 1" as the smallest) on top of larger pieces before sewing them, rather than using pins. I looked around in vain for a bottle of Elmer's glue and settled on a glue stick, which did the trick. This helped me stay focused and retain my sanity. Some of the otters came out a bit squinty-eyed since I ignored pinning. :) But I love those little faces.

Anyway, the otters are almost done, thanks to a few more enjoyable, nearly-thoughtless hours. Then I'll be ready to create the quilt itself.

What have you been sewing? Hoping it's better weather near you. Within the week, I'll share another quilt using parts of the "Awesome Ocean" pattern, which contained significantly less pieces! Woohoo!

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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Modern FMQ QAL: March (Month 3)

Are you quilting along with the Central Jersey Modern Quilt Guild? It's super easy and fun! Every month, I post several links to tutorials in this Google Doc for the Modern Free Motion Quilt Along. Each month has a theme, and you choose your current free motion quilting skill level to follow a tutorial or two.  

Our goal is to practice free motion throughout the year and come out on the other side with a small sampler quilt. At guild meetings, we're bringing our quilt sandwiches in to share, and you can share from afar (outside the guild) on Instagram with the hashtags #modernfmqqal and #cjmqg. Find out all the details on this page over on my guild's website. All fun, all FMQ, all year!

I really enjoyed quilting stars for March's theme. Every month I've been teaming up 2-3 designs to create a unique look for my quilt sandwich. Eventually, when I cut them up, the quilt will be even more varied (this is just one option for the quilt along).

Recently, I used the Icicle Lights motif by Leah Day on my word quilt, and it's a definite favorite (see top half of the above blue quilt sandwich). The options are endless (for example, I decided to keep the stars simple, like x's - less stitching involved - and I varied the lengths of the chains). I also enjoyed randomly creating starbursts with Christina Cameli's Allover Starburst tutorial. This is a new one for my quilting arsenal - I love the variation and wackiness. Very modern indeed.

The backing for this month's quilt sandwich is one of my all-time favorite Anna Maria Horner prints, which sadly I only have a small piece left of now. It reminds me of spring - which is coming! yay! - and I thought it looked magical quilted up with Aurifil 2600 (dove gray). The thread is light enough to imprint a pretty texture.

Are you quilting stars with us? I'll be revealing the next theme shortly, after our guild's March 14 meeting! Stay tuned to the Google Doc!

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Monday, February 19, 2018

An Easy Quilt Label Solution

Last year, when I was finishing and quilt-sleeving about 20 quilts for my solo exhibit, I also had to make sure everything was well-labeled. Generally, it's good practice to label the things you've made.  I think this is for two major reasons:

1. To document the time, place, and maker. As the Quilt Alliance says, "no more anonymous quilts!" In their labeling pledge from 2017, they asked quiltmakers to sign on to this agreement: "I pledge to label my quilts, both quilts that I make and quilts that I own. I understand that quilts are historical documents, containing important information about the life and times of the maker, their family and their world."

Personally, I don't make quilts specifically to become heirlooms, but they are extensions of myself. It's fun to look back at the time or place I made something, since we've moved a few times. What was my life like back then? How have I changed? Wow, that was the beginning of my free motion quilting journey, look how far I've come! Also, it's a very real reality that my quilts will outlive me lifespan-wise, so if they serve as historical documents for my family (or the wider world?), that's great (trained historian here - primary sources are boss).

2. To send someone a message, if you made something especially for them.

Labeling CAN be a pain - unless you really like hand sewing or you plan ahead. One of the best parts of preparing an exhibit was knowing that all my work was documented appropriately. But what about everything I made since? Did I follow through?

The answer is a resounding yes. No matter what, I ALWAYS label quilts that I give others (like my recent Disney mini quilt above, "Belle"). And since last year, this is my easy labeling solution before binding: take a 5" or 6" square of white or light gray, press it in half on the diagonal, pin it to the lower right hand side of the back of the quilt (just my preference), and sew the binding on right over it.

It's just like making pockets to hang a mini quilt like this tutorial by PatchworkPottery (bonus: if you're already making pockets, you have a ready-made label).

It doesn't bother me that I can lift the pocket up a little. You could include a little surprise/trinket in there if you were gifting a quilt. Or, you could hand sew it shut, if it really bothers you!

Anyway, it's super fast and easy. I just taught my preteen sewing student this method, and she's been using it on her work already. What's your preferred labeling solution? Please share with us!

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

2018 BOM List

It's the 3rd year I've scoured the web for Block of the Month programs and Quilt-A-Longs, and there have never been so many! As of today, there are 68 on this list (10 more than when Wonky Press subscribers received this list in January, first dibs)! Settle down with a hot cup of coffee or tea (and maybe some chocolate) and peruse. There are so many wonderful programs to start the year off in a quilty way (thank you especially to Sarah Goer for all your help!). 

Back in 2013, I followed the Sister's Ten BOM with GenX Quilters and made two quilts - one for me and one for my sister. I learned so much! Full story here.

BOMs and QALs must follow these requirements to make the list:
1. They start(ed) in January or February 2018.

2. There is significant information about them available on the internet (note: some that are solely on Instagram are difficult to follow/track down, so I've only included a couple).

3. They connect with quilting in some way.

I organized the BOMs into four categories. All NEW programs added since the newsletter are marked with an asterisk*.

Finally, check out The Wonky Press Issue 7 for more info about what BOMs are, and The Wonky Press Issue 8 for my tips on joining a BOM. Enjoy - I hope you find the program that's right for you!


2018 Color Challenge - Jen of Patterns By Jen

2018 Make Nine (A Gentle Challenge for Makers) - Rochelle of Lucky Lucille

*A Novel Idea - A Bookcase Quilt Using Novelty Fabrics - Victoriana Quilt Designs

*Beginnings QAL (especially for beginner quilters!) - The Intrepid Thread

Boulder MQG BOM - Boulder Modern Quilt Guild

*Calendar Quilt - Mania for Quilts

Clementine Quilt Along (suggested donation $5 per block to St. Judes, with matching donations up to $20,000) - Fat Quarter Shop and Moda Fabrics

Colorful Butterflies - Claudia's Quilts

Designer of the Month - Pat Sloan and Aurifil Thread

*Free Motion Challenge QAL - Angela Walters

Giant Block Tutorial Series - Erica of Kitchen Table Quilting

In The Summer Time - Pat Sloan

It's A "Wild" Life: 2018 BOM (free initially) - Sew Incredibly Crazy and Friends

Patchwork Barn Quilt (free for Star Members) - Edyta Sitar for The Quilt Show

Plus Block QAL - Steph Jacobson @stephkucera

Modern Free Motion Quilting QAL (#modernfmqqal) - Jessica Skultety of Quilty Habit (oh, that's me!) for the Central Jersey Modern Quilt Guild

*Postcard from Sweden - Sandra Walker of Mmmquilts

She's Our Star: 2018 BOM (honoring Nancy Zieman) - Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC

Simple Sampler QAL - Nancy Scott of Masterpiece Quilting

Squared Away by Mari of The Academic Quilter and soscrappy

Star Spangled - Forth Worth Fabric Studio

Starry Bright Sky QAL (free if you finish each month's block) - Alida (TweLoQ) Designs

Sweetest Things Sampler QAL - Dawn of Honeybee Cloths and Michelle of CreativeBlonde

Temperature Quilt 2018 Quilt Along (#tempquilt18) - Chris Simon of Colorful Om

Three's Company BOM - Patchwork Posse

Tiptoe QAL - Porch Swing Quilts

Ultimate Sampler Quilt - 365 Challenge - Kathryn Kerr


Patterns or Books with Concurrent Online Quilt-A-Longs:

2018 Block of the Month Sampler (purchase The Quilter's Planner) - Cheryl Brickey and Stephanie Palmer of The Quilter's Planner

Celestial Star Stitch-Along (EPP) (purchase Quilting on the Go: English Paper Piecing by Sharon Burgess) - Carolyn Pytlik and Red Thread Studio

City Tiles - Emily of Quilty Love

Classic Meets Modern QAL - Kelly Young of My Quilt Infatuation

Dresden Neighborhood - Kim Lapacek of Persimon Dreams

Elizabeth Hartman All The Animals Sew-Along (purchase one or more patterns) - Angie of Gnome Angel

Farmer's Wife 1930's Sampler Quilt Sew-along (purchase The Farmer's Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt book by Laurie Aaron Hird) - Angie of Gnome Angel

Girl Next Door QAL - Charlotte Noll and Red Thread Studio

Heartland Heritage Sew Along - Heather of The Sewing Loft and Amy Ellis

Machine Quilting Party 2018 (purchase Explore Walking Foot Quilting with Leah Day) - author Leah Day

*Patches of Blue QAL (purchase Patches of Blue) - book author Edyta Sitar

Patchwork City Sewalong 2018 (#patchworkcitysewalong2018 - purchase Patchwork City by Elizabeth Hartman) - on Instagram with @bibliosewandso and @nicships

Rainy Days and Sun Days (purchase Distinctive Dresdens) - book author Katja Marek of Katja's Quilt Shoppe

Regatta Sew Along - Roseanne of Home Sewn By Us

Row Along (purchase Quilting Row By Row) - book authors Jeanette White and Erin Hamilton of The Piper's Girls

*Sewing a Village Sew-a-long (purchase Village pattern by Jumble, Ms. Rosie's Quilt Co.) - Stitch Supply Co.

*Sienna Burst QAL (purchase Sienna Burst pattern) - Meghan Buchanan of Then Came June

Snowflake Suite (4 patterns to choose from) - Jessie Zeigler of Threaded Quilting

Squiggles Quilt Along (purchase Piece and Quilt with Precuts) - author Christa Watson of Christa Quilts

*Wainwright QAL (purchase Wainwright pattern) - Carolyn Friedlander

Year of the Fat Quarter (various patterns and bundles available for purchase) - Fat Quarter Shop


Patterns Available for Purchase:

Aunt Grace Baskets of Scraps - It's Sew Emma with Marcus Fabrics

Bristle Creek Farmhouse - Marcus Fabrics

Etoiles Rouges - Kathryn Kerry of Green Avenue Quilts

Golden Days - Jen Kingwell

Les Amis Quilt - 2018 Craftsy BOM - Shelley Cavanna and Craftsy

Monthly Sampler Mini - Sedef of Down Grapevine Lane


Subscription Programs:

Aunt Grace Baskets of Scraps BOM - Judie Rothermel for Marcus Brothers Fabrics through Fat Quarter Shop

BOM 2018 (3 quilts to choose from) - Esther Aliu

Grasshopper Quilt BOM - Sarah Fielke

Hanami BOM - LoveBug Studios (started in Dec.)

*Inner Garden BOM - Anna Maria Horner

Mandolin Quilt Club (EPP) - Jodi of Tales of Cloth

Mighty Lucky Quilting Club - Lucky Spool Media

Murder Mystery Quilt by Whip Stitch

My Magical Garden - Sue Pelland Designs

Rainbow Triangles Mystery BOM - Rebecca Bryan of Bryan House Quilts

Simple Folk Quilt BOM - Sarah Fielke

Stellar Stars BOM - Blast Off Club - Cristy Fincher of Purple Daisies Quilting

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Note To Self #2: A Quilt Inspired by The Head and the Heart

I made another word quilt for a dear friend, who has been a close companion for about 7 years now. Julie and I meet up a few times a year and stay in near-constant contact through Facebook and Goodreads, where we obsess about Broadway and cheer each other on with our book reading goals, respectively. We've both made each other lots of things over the years, and this year, I thought she deserved a mini quilt with a quote that speaks to both of us.

The quote is from the song "Library Magic" by The Head and The Heart. Julie mentioned the song a while back - it was one I hadn't listened to before by a band I already liked. The phrase "there will always be better days" is repeated several times throughout the song, and it's a perfect reminder. I felt very calm and fulfilled while I quilted it (and listened to the song on repeat, of course).

As I talked about in this post, it always takes some consideration to decide which fonts to quilt in and which threads to use. If it's a dark background, I want the words to be as bright/light as possible; the surrounding quilting can vary, as long as the quilting closest to the words isn't also a light color.

I paired up a bunch of Aurifil threads to make my vision come to life (#2024 white - 28 weight for the words - and #2520 Violet, #1200 Blue Violet, #2735 Medium Blue, #2600 Dove Gray - 50 weight). The blue variegated thread (#4655 Storm At Sea) was the perfect choice for those little pebbles. I love using variegated thread on small details!

Instead of using all solids like in the first Note to Self quilt, I surrounded the words with some precious cuts of Mod Corsage fabric by Anna Maria Horner (which is now even more precious due to Free Spirit Fabrics shutting down - little did I know a couple weeks ago). I found a lovely piece of quilting cotton in my stash for the backing, which Julie said she loved. Good call on that one. :)

While I was taking pictures of the new quilt, I realized the original Note to Self mini quilt was hanging nearby. I had to get a picture, even though the light wasn't totally ideal. My approach to these mini quilts hasn't changed much over the past year, but I still feel like I want to explore this style even more.

What song lyrics would you put on a quilt? I have quite a few, so I think I'll just keep making quilts.

Linking up to Needle and Thread Thursday, TGIFF, Crazy Mom Quilts.

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Quilting up a Cascade

During the cold spells and snow and ice storms, I've been huddled in my sewing room, preparing samples for my upcoming class at The Quilt and Sewing Fest of New Jersey, which is just a couple short months away (April 28 - and a Saturday!). The workshop is one-of-a-kind and is currently not being taught any other time in the future.

This is just a teaser of the several motifs we will learn and practice, while we investigate cascade quilting: modern approaches to traditional feather quilting. I've been using these motifs for years and experimenting with different ways to quilt them, on their own and surrounded by other quilting. Here, I've paired some Kona solids with contrasting Aurifil thread to showcase my hard work (thank you to Robert Kaufman and Aurifil!). Let that quilting show!

I'm also bringing several quilts (some not previously seen online) and there will be lots of time and space for detailed, guided practice. Confident beginner free motion quilters and up will be most comfortable.

Won't you join me for this special class? There are some spots available - click here to register and see the supply list. I'm so excited!


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Monday, January 29, 2018

Wolverine - A Wholecloth Quilt

Once in a while, I hear a quote that makes me sit up a little straighter and think, "well, that needs to be on a quilt." I'm really picky about which quotes deserve quilt status (not typical stuff like "live your life" or "when life hands you lemons, make lemonade"). Imagine my husband and I watching the season finale of one of our favorite TV shows, a Japanese anime show called Mahoutsukai no Yome (Ancient Magus' Bride) on Christmas Eve, when this quote pops up. It applies widely, I think.

"I thought she was a quiet girl, but she might actually be a wolverine" - English translation/subtitle from Episode 12 of Mahoutsukai no Yome

In the episode, one of the important characters has a huge transformation (no spoilers); it's the climax of the whole first season. It took my breath away (isn't it amazing what animation can do?) - the music, too. I had to find a fabric that would pay homage to the quote and scene. While looking through my stash, I pulled out this lovely, colorful Daiwabo fabric that I scored once at a guild meeting. It's softer and a bit more papery than quilting cotton but not any different to quilt on. Since this was to be a wall hanging, I just went for it.

Whenever I quilt words with free motion quilting, I always quilt the words first. I wanted the words "quiet girl" and "wolverine" to stick out most, so I gave them their own lines and created fonts especially for them. I also used four different threads to move the quote along: Aurifil 2024 (white), 2600 (dove gray), 1158 (medium gray - which can be seen better here in certain lights), and 2692 (black).

Usually I don't mark much, but I made use of my chalk pencils to mark straight lines to quilt on and decided where to place the words. I wrote more about starting this quilt and the process of quilting words here.


After completing the words, I filled in the background to emphasize the same words as before. Those pebbles are so tiny, but they were worth the effort (I've probably quilted over a couple million pebbles in my life, and these are by far the toughest ones)! I used 2250 (red), accompanied by 1133 (burnt orange) and touches of 2135 (yellow) for flames (which is related to the show, but again, no spoilers). Finally, I quilted the top in long strands to contrast the small pebbles (in 2540 medium lavender and 1200 blue violet, easily my favorite purple thread shade).

This quote got a big thumbs up from my husband, who loves the show and also appreciates detailed quilting. I don't want to give this one away, so I hung it up on my sewing room wall. It reminds me to keep pursue whatever I'm doing that day.

More word quilts coming. I looove making them! And once you find something you love, you should keep at it.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Modern FMQ QAL - February (Month 2)

Are you quilting along with the Central Jersey Modern Quilt Guild? It's super easy and fun! Every month, I post several links to tutorials in this Google Doc for the Modern Free Motion Quilt Along. Each month has a theme, and you choose your current free motion quilting skill level to follow a tutorial or two. Our goal is to practice free motion throughout the year and come out on the other side with a small sampler quilt. At guild meetings, we're bringing our quilt sandwiches in to share, and you can share from afar (outside the guild) on Instagram with the hashtags #modernfmqqal and #cjmqg. Find out all the details on this page over on my guild's website. All fun, all FMQ, all year!

February's theme is "bricks." I really had fun time choosing threads to make sure they contrasted with my fabrics (I want my hard work to show up!). This is a beautiful purple solid from my stash, and I used Aurifil white (2024) and Violet (2520) to quilt it up. I'm trying out 1-2 (dare I say 3?) motifs for each month; I want my sampler quilt to showcase lots of motifs.

This month, I chose the beginner and confident beginner/intermediate tutorials because I love how they look (so feel free to break out of your skill level!). It's a combination of The Brick Wall Tutorial by Lori Kennedy (The Inbox Jaunt) and the Planks FMQ Tutorial by Christina Cameli. The options for quilting these motifs are truly endless.

I'm excited to show my quilt sandwich at the February meeting in two weeks' time and to see what others have made! You can see more from our January guild meeting here (17 members brought quilt sandwiches in!). See my January quilt sandwich (month 1) here. Are you going to quilt some bricks this month?

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