Christina's says "done is better than perfect" but I modified it to what Angela Walters always says which is on a bracelet of hers that I own. There are a ton of small useable (I like useable) projects in her book where you can improve your FMQ skills.
I used 30 wt Gütermann thread to stitch the words and Isacord 40 wt for the FMQ. I got a bit bored with the pebbling today so I did some double-pebbling, one of Leah Day's 400+ FMQ designs, and then threw in a few swirls as I worked my way around the bottom back to where I'd started in the top left corner.
The sun finally has come out this afternoon, so I quick grabbed a sunny shot:
It's on the floor of my sewing room because it was too wet outside. We had torrential downpours most of the night and all morning with gale-force 40 mph winds. Downpours, you ask? Yes, we are now in Florida, and very happy to be here!
I will eventually get a little hanger or dowel for hanging it. As a label, I wrote my name and the date with a Pigma Micron pen. I also machine-stitched the binding to the back, very carefully. I usually work from the front when I do machine-stitching for a binding (I prefer hand-stitching) but I need to get some Elmer's School Glue to hold bindings in place, so this worked better.
For now, it's hung beside my design wall using the Lazy Ass method as found on Right Sides Together, a blog that is new to me, and which I found through an online store's giveaway (cue menopausal absent mind, can't recall what store!). I had a little snoop around her blog, and I will be going back!
|I love angels. I hang this one that I cross-stitched in 1997 year round.|
|A few of this winter's projects I brought down...think I need a second design wall|
I still have to get used to the organization methods I used (oh the trials and tribulations, I know), and Dayna's quilt awaits finishing. I got a TON done, but there is a fair bit yet to go, so finishing up this little wallhanging FMQ on my Bernina was a great warmup. How I do love FMQ-ing on my Bernina. (Avril is too far away to hear that, although in her defense, she and I were humming serious good harmony, and I miss her).
Pattern: by Christina Cameli
Size: 8.75" X 11.5"
Fabric: scraps and stash (guess I am jumping on board with Jenn at A Quarter Inch from the Edge for her Year of the Stash celebration--I can hear some of you laughing out loud--think I need a fitbit for restraint in fabric not food)
Batting: Warm 'n Natural
Quilted: on my Bernina
Threads: pieced with Gütermann, quilted with Isacord 40 wt 0015, words with Gütermann 30 wt 800
Something I nearly forgot!! By now you know how much I love Craftsy, classes and supplies-wise, and remember, for those of you who read my blog but don't quilt, there are classes in cooking, in knitting, in gardening, in painting, to name but a few. Anyhow there is an amazingly great deal going on this weekend:
This weekend only, Craftsy is doing something they almost never do — all new online classes start at $14.99. That's right! That just-released class you've been eyeing from your favorite instructor? It's on sale at prices so rare, you definitely don't want to miss out. These deals will be gone soon, so shop now!
Because I am a Craftsy affiliate, clicking through to Craftsy's website on the links I provided will give me a little moola when you make a purchase. I thank you very much! I know I watched, and watched, and backed it up, and rewatched (love the 30-second repeat feature), and made notes, and read questions and answers, yet again for Angela Walters Free Motion Quilting With Feathers class when I was doing the feathers on Dayna's quilt. That one and her Dot to Dot Quilting class I have referred to so many many times. These classes are like my favourite books on my shelf: you can pull them out (up) anytime, anywhere (hey, even better if you have your smartphone or iPad with you at all times, wink!) and pick up where you left off, or revisit a section, or start watching a class you've already purchased...
And that's not all. Craftsy is giving away 5 free classes throughout the entire month of January. If you click here, you will go to the place to enter. Good luck! I know I have to update my Wishlist!
Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts, Confessions of a Fabric Addict and TGIFF! I'm also linking up with Scraptastic Tuesdayhttp://www.shecanquilt.ca/2016/01/scraptastic-tuesday-january-link-is-open.html as this project was made from scraps and stash. :-)