Well I have to say that I am still in shock that I actually completed this quilt! I only started it almost 7 months ago… I was on a mission to not take any unfinished projects with me as we move. Trust me I have a list of projects that I want to start but they will have to wait!
I finished this quilt top back in January but really really wanted to Free Motion Quilt it. I decided to do a few smaller projects and practice. As I practiced I received some tips and encouragement.
First tip I got was from Krista over at Poppyprint. She directed me over to her tutorial on Flickr for spray basting. She said it was easier to FMQ with out having to worry about pins and the stress of the quilt shifting. I am totally sold on this method although I still pick and choose which projects to use the can of 505 on since it is not cheap.
Second tip was to wear gloves. At first I wasn’t a believer but then I tried and trust me it helped big time especially with a big quilt.
Third tip put music on. It will help you get into the flow of it.
Fourth check your set up. Are you too high? Too low? I was complaining about sore wrists and the lovely Felicity over at Felicity Quilts advised me to check my set up. (She has awesome FMQ skills) I have to say after tucking a few pillows under my bum it was sooooo much better.
I have to say my FMQ skills are not perfect by any means but I am super proud of this quilt.
This is my handsome and adorable quilt holding assistant. He was complaining about the size of this quilt while demonstrating how he had to hold it up… I love him. I am glad he supports me in my crazy sewing projects.
This is as straight as it got… Sadly the last quilt in front of this old shed… Happy to be moving soon though.
I used the Belle Wave quilt pattern by Faith over as Fresh Lemon Quilts. Yes I know I copied her down to the fabric but I was lucky enough to win this FQ bundle and I wanted a quilt! Although I made a few extra blocks six to be exact because I made an oops. I think it was the best oops because now I have a big quilt to snuggle under. I also changed the directions of the waves.
This quilt measures at about 60” by 75”. There are 8 prints from the Lilly Belle collection by Bari J. plus one Tula Pink called Sprout from Parisville and one Amy Butler called Martini in mustard from Midwest Modern. The solid is Kona Bone from Pink Castle fabrics. It is quilted in Aurifil #2026 which matches perfectly! The binding is Joel Dewberry’s herringbone print. Backing is a Henry Glass quilt backing print.