Friday, March 23, 2018

Modern FMQ QAL: April (Month 4)

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!

This month, we're exploring curves and waves - a precursor to more circular quilting! The tutorials I posted range from beginner - intermediate/expert, and, just like the last three months, I combined a few different motifs in my quilt sandwich. I've also made an effort to change thread colors to vary up the quilt; here, I experimented with Aurifil 4060 (Silver Moon - variegated gray) and 1126 (Blue Grey).

One of my absolutely favorite modern free motion quilting motifs is the Bear Claw by Christina Cameli (see top right). It's so easy to quilt and a perfect filler for a background where you'd like some texture. I followed that with some big spirals, and then to the left, I tried LuAnn Kessi's clam shells. I'm itching to try some of the other variations she posted about. This one is very forgiving.

It's fun to see the backs of my quilt sandwiches in all their Anna Maria Horner fabric glory. It will certainly be interesting to see how they all look once the quilt is pieced together later in the year.

Next month's theme is bound to be interesting (and maybe a bit more challenging). Keep quilting, and stay tuned! 

1 comment:

  1. I love swirls, they are some of my most favorite designs to use.


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