Friday, January 27, 2012

Let's get started

At the start of 2012 I was crazy enough to "pledge" to follow up on a sewing premise, involving free-motion quilting (FMQ). I did my first FMQ, using my trusty Bernina 1530, on a small wall hanging submitted to a local quilt show (NY Quilts!) in May 2001. I have found FMQ to be a lot of fun, and continue to try it on quilts here and there.

I don't sit down at the machine often, and my skills can get rusty in between quilts, so I signed up for the FMQ challenge on Sew-Cal Gal's blog when I saw it pop up on some Facebook page I follow. I also figured I could get expert advice (each month has a talented, expert quilter guest) and maybe some unique filler ideas.

January's expert is Frances Moore (I can't say I'd heard of her before this) and she demo'd a leafy vine I've actually used before.  I am doing my designs on white muslin using green and red threads, thinking perhaps I'll combine all the squares with sashing and have a Christmas-y wall hanging when I'm done. I decided to do my "vine" as a wreath.

I hear next month's expert will be Diane Gaudynski, my absolute favorite FMQ mentor. Looking forward to trying out her feathers!


  1. Hey Janet! Looking forward to seeing more about quilting on the run.


  2. Janet, now you have done it! I now have 3 days to practice my vine and get it posted! FMQ is my own challenge for this year and I really want to master it. Txx

  3. Lovely fmq leaves Janet. Love the circle you added to the design. Very well done and welcome to the world of blogging. I'm looking forward to following your crafty adventures.