Monday, December 31, 2012

2013 Quilting Boot Camp

I am really excited to announce that I will be hosting Quilting Boot camp right here on this blog for 2013.

Just a little background about me. I got into quilting when I was pregnant with my second baby (my son) the summer of 2011. I made 2 baby quilts, a car seat and a stroller cover in 2011. And got totally hooked into quilting. In 2012 I have spent accumulating 100s of yards of fabric dreaming of turning them into quilts. I have so many ideas and techniques which I want to try out and share my experience. I want to put my thoughts into action and wanted to start this boot camp. If you're like me eager to make lots of lots of quilts (at least 12 quilts in 2013) or want to get into quilting this boot camp is perfect for you.

The only requirement is that you should be able to stitch a straight line or come up to speed on your sewing skills. Just to take the pressure off of making 12 quilts in this new year. There is no size limits for your quilted projects. You choose the size of the quilt/pillow/bag you want to make. 

Each month we will be making a quilt start to finish. The posts will be bi-monthly:
1. First Sunday of the month I will be sharing Tools, Techniques and Supplies for making your quilt top.
2. Third Sunday of the month I will be sharing tips on quilting. In January we will use your regular sewing foot to quilt the top and starting February we will branch into free-motion quilting. 

What could be better than you joining me for this fun and speedy ride of quilt making?

If would like to join for this fun boot camp, please leave me a comment here. 
Just to give you an some idea on what to expect, here are some example below showing highlights for first 3 months:
January - Quilting basics
February - Coin Quilts
March - Tube Quilting

More information to come soon.

If you would like to participate and spread the word, please grab this button by copying the code below and make a HTML/Javascript button on your blog page.


SewCalGal's 2012 FMQ Challenge - Review

Its been an amazing year participating in the SewCalGals 2012 FMQ Challenge along with Leah Days QAL Wednesday. I got to meet lot of wonderful teachers during this FMQ challenge and learned a lot of FMQ, especially feathers. I got introduced to FMQ feathers through Diane Gaudynski, then Cindy Needham and now Patsy Thompson's free-form feathers was icing on the cake. I love all the other tutorials too Angela Walters's Tiles, Leah Day's rail road, Francis Moore's leaf motif and many others.
Here are all the outcome of wonderful tutorials bought by all the  SewCalGal and all wonderful teachers during this FMQ Challenge.

February tutorial by Diane Gaudynski

March tutorial by Ann Fahl

April tutorial by Don Linn
May tutorial by Leah Day
June by Cindy Needham
July tutorial by Angela Walters

August by Wendy Sheppard
September by Paula Reid:
FMQ design from Paula Reid

FMQ design from Paula Reid

January by Frances Moore and October by Teri Lucas

January by Frances Moore and October by Teri Lucas
November challenge by Sarah Vedeler:

December tutorial by Patsy Thompson:
Feathers with kissing and takeoff zones from Patsy Thompson tutorial

Blogged about it here:

Thank you SewCalGal's for bringing us all the wonderful teachers to provide the FMQ tutorials for this challenge. Its been a amazing journey. A great big HUG to you.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

SewCalGal's 2012 FMQ Challenge - December

December challenge tutorial was brought to us by the amazing Patsy Thomson. Checkout her tutorial for free-form feathers at SewCalGal's FMQ Challenge.

I was making a baby quilt and tried her continuous feathers. Checkout these pictures showing the continuous feathers. These are a modified feathers using Leah Day's swriling petals FMQ design. I had previous blogged about in March 2012.

Baby Quilt - Continuous feathers in the border

Baby Quilt - Continuous feathers in the border

Baby Quilt - Continuous feathers in the border

And here is another try at large scale continuous free-form feathers:
(Sorry for the low quality picture from my cell phone)
Free-form Feathers

Also check out these little Christmas trees I quilted using Patsy Thomson's free-form feathers:
Christmas Tree - 10x13 inch Wall hanging.

Back of Christmas Tree - 10x13 inch Wall hanging

Thank you SewCalGal and Patsy Thomspon for bringing us this wonderful tutorial. 

Friday, December 28, 2012

2012 Free Motion Quilt Along with Leah Day - Review

This year has been a amazing journey in my quilting world. I have learned a loads in free motion quilting. Made great quilting friends online and at BMQG.
And Leah Day's Quilt Along Wednesdays have been a major part in improving my FMQ skills.

Below are the pictures from January 2012 till December 2012 showing the improvement in my FMQ skills.
Jan 2012

Feb 2012

Feb & March - 2012; My very first quilt in the QAL
Wholecloth Quilt
What could be a better comparison than Apples-to Apples. I just happen to making another ABC Baby boy quilt which I originally made in March 2012.

March 2012

March 2012
Dec 2012

Dec 2012 - Inspired by Patsy Thomson's free-form feathers

July - Oct 2012
Oct 2012 - Leah Day's Escargot FMQ design
And the teachers gifts I made last week:
10x13 inch wall hanging - Dec 2012
Little Christmas Tree - Dec 2012

You can see my FMQ skills being transformed from novice to professional quilter in this post. A great big HUG and THANKS to Leah Day.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Needle Turn Applique - Little Christmas Trees

This was my first try at needle turn applique and I tried to do the star for the little Christmas Trees.
Check this tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co & Jan Patek on Needle turn Applique.
Wow, these little wall hanging consume so much time if you choose to do FMQ on it. While I was up all night on Thursday along with watching the baby who woke up every few hours, this took me about 8 hours to complete these two after the step below, that is, piecing and appliqueing the stars.

Needle Turn Applique - Star

But I am really happy with how they turned out. Unfortunately I didn't get to take the picture of the finished wall hangings as I was working on till the last minute. My daughter missed her school bus and I had to drop per off myself. time I have to be more careful about the timing and not wait until the last night before the school is off for Christmas.

Back of the wall hanging showing showing the FMQ

Little Christmas Tree Wall hangings

I used Patsy Thompson's SewCal Gal's 2012 FMQ challenge feathers tutorial to do this free-form feathers. It turned out great. And the trees are Leah Day's leaf motif FMQ.

Now, linking this with Leah Day's UFO Sunday.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

WIP Wednesday - Little ChristmasTrees

This week I whipped up some quick gifts for my daughters teachers. These blocks will finish to 10x13 inches. I am planning to make these into small wall hangings.

I still have to put a start on the top. The inspiration for this project came from my favorite YouTube channel @Missouri Star Quilt Company. I used the smaller half hexie ruler to make the trees.

Christmas Tree block or small wall hanging.

Christmas Tree block or small wall hanging.
Aren't they cute?

Now linking it up to W.I.P Wednesday @Freshly Pieced

Monday, December 17, 2012

UFO Sundays with Leah Day - Almost done!

Wow! Its been a month since I have been sitting on this. I had finished quilting this Xs and Os quilt for our BMQG November meeting. And then put the binding on the very next day. But still haven't got a chance to finish it yet. I bet I would be done if I can only get an hour to myself.

But I have been working on other projects which I want to finish before Christmas. More pictures to come.


Quilt Back
You can really see the quilting at the back. 

This beauty was a tough love. I had my thread breaking quite a few times during quilting. I am wondering did washing my batting cause this. Because I have used the same thread and batting before and didn't have an issue. I was determined though to finish quilting this one.

Now linking up to Leah's UFO Sundays.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Duck Duck Goose Baby Quilt

When I was at LSQ couple of weeks ago I saw this new Moda flannel fabrics "Duck Duck Goose", it was love at first sight. Even though I have promised to myself not to buy more fabrics. I had to give-in to my temptation when I saw this fabric line. The flannel is absolutely cuddly and as luxurious as Minky fabrics. And I had the perfect shade of Minky dot fabric to go with.

First I was thinking of making a rag quilt, then thought of just simply pieced squares and finally it ended up like this and I love it.
Closeup of the Duck Duck Goose Baby Quilt

Duck Duck Goose Baby Quilt

Duck Duck Goose Baby Quilt

I am thinking of keeping the quilting simple to retain its cuddly and soft texture. I might even use one of the decorative stitch to quilt in the ditch for the Minky fabric, wavy lines in the border and something fun in the blocks itself. This is the only thing I still haven't decided.

Have you worked with Minky fabrics in the quilt peicing? Would love to hear your experience on it.

Linking up to W.i.P Wednesdays @FreshlyPieced.