I never win anything, so this was great! More fabrics to buy ;).
I want my Groovy quilt to be all about the Free motion quilting. Because its not that often I have solids/monochromatic prints in my quilts. So, I choose five different FMQ design for this quilt top. One for each color.
|Groovy Quilt's FMQ designs|
1. Coral - Flower design from Angela Walter's "Free Motion Quilting" book. I really had fun quilting this. But it took be 6 hours just to get through this color in my quilt. Imagine when I will be able to finish my quilt.
|Angela's Flower FMQ design|
2. Grey - Escargot from Leah Day's 365+ FMQ designs. She also teaches this @ her Craftsy class. Initially I wanted to quilt pebbles here. This was a fun variation of this. No thread or needle issues through this one. Yippee!
|Leah's Escargot FMQ design|
3. Raspberry - Angela's signature design from YouTube video. Boy this was tough since I didn't really practice doodling on paper. I always find a design easier if I had practiced it on paper before trying on the actually quilt. I guess its the muscle memory thing.
|Swirls and Paisley design from Angela Walter|
|Flowing Plume Feather and Swrils&Paisley FMQ designs|
5. Pink - I choose another Angela's signature Quilting designs. I got started and my needle broke and I gave up for now.
Have any of you had needle breaking issue? I use either 90/14(for 40wt thread) or 80/12(for #50wt thread) top-stitch needle from Superior threads. I bet these are some really high quality needles. But it keeps breaking for me every time I pick up my pace with FMQ. I am not so happy with the threading system in my Singer Stylist 9960 DSM either, wondering if the needle is breaking due to thread jamming or am I trying to tug too much :-(.
Someday I will get a new machine where my FMQ can go really smoothly with any thread or needle breaking issue. Just dreaming about it for now.
The most fun FMQ designs to quilt were the Flower and Escargot.
Meanwhile, still have another 20hours of quilting on this puppy.