While cleaning out a corner of the quilting room I came across a redwork cardinal that I did several years ago when I was experimenting with my new embroidery machine. Time to do something with that!
Turning this into a little one-block 17-inch table topper was a delightful winter afternoon project. It's all quilted and the binding is ready to hand-sew down tomorrow during my volunteer time sitting at the Welcome Desk at church.
I went to the Inbox Jaunt and checked out Lori's tutorials for free motion quilting designs. Lots of very cute ideas there! It was fun to try some of them out. I wasn't being very careful. The quality of my free-motion quilting is, quite frankly, horrible. But, I learned a lot and became much more comfortable with FMQ than I was before.
One big lesson is that my small sewing machine table is not good for free-motion quilting. (Yes, I knew that already, but was too lazy to take everything into the dining room table.) The quilt wasn't supported enough and suddenly, right in the middle, it's a tug of war. It took three days, but I got through it and am really pleased with the finished quilt. It has a very humble and folk art kind of style. I hurried outside to take a quick snapshot in the driveway for you before it started snowing again. (in below-zero temps I might add) You might be able to see some of the designs in these close-ups. Every one is different. Isn't it fun when a quilt that you don't expect to really like, turns out to be one you love?
|Iris, apple, house, pie, dandelion, bird, kite, cherries, owl, tomato pincushion,|
race car, oak leaf & acorn, bee, turtle, pencil, football, hyacinth, sewing machine, cat, mittens
|Candy, dragonfly, windowsill garden, puzzle, baseball, pumpkin, spider & web, house|
birdhouse, umbrella, shamrock, thread, bunny, sailboat, heart, fence, apple core, flower, truck, pine tree
Wait, there's more! Two toddler whole-cloth quilts were finished up too. I had two pieces of 'cheater cloth' about 1-1/2 yards each. I loved the fabrics and decided to quilt each of them to a warm and cozy piece of polar fleece. The Disney Mickey Mouse & Pluto was quilted to blue fleece, and the delicate pink and tan Simple Nature by Cynthia Coultier for Willmington Prints was quilted to a light pink fleece. Both are copyright prints, so I decided not to post photos of them. But they're cute, and soft, and will be all ready when I need a gift for a new big brother or big sister.
More quilts in the works. February is always a very productive quilting month around here!