My Lilly Belle Quilt

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.

Linking to Let’s Get Acquainted at June and Plum and Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story and Sew Cute Tuesday at Better off Thread also Finish it up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts


Unknown said...
July 28, 2013 at 11:46 PM

Lovely, lovely quilt. Beautiful colors!

DeborahGun said...
July 29, 2013 at 12:20 AM

stunning. I love the fabrics and the design, and all the hard work that went into the FMQ :-)

Cathy said...
July 29, 2013 at 7:19 AM

Beautiful!!! And I saw your quilt lat Pink Chalk!!!!! Yay!

Renee said...
July 29, 2013 at 12:19 PM

What a great quilt! The colors are so pretty and soothing, and the quilting really compliments them and the pattern!

Anonymous said...
July 29, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Beautiful job! Love it.

Tiffany said...
July 30, 2013 at 4:42 AM

I love this take on the quilt! Was it hard to change the direction of the waves? I really think your quilt is stunning, thanks for sharing! :D

RobotMomSews said...
July 30, 2013 at 8:08 AM

This is lovely!! And your quilting is awesome!

Celtic Thistle said...
July 30, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Great work! I love the image of you perched on several cushions whilst free-motion quilting :)

SeeMaryQuilt said...
July 30, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Love you're quilting on this! And the colors are perfect!

Marla said...
July 30, 2013 at 5:48 PM

beautiful work. I love the movement you get from the way you pieced it. I too make cookie dough just to eat it. I like to freeze it and then cut off a cookie sized hunk (or larger!)

Erin @ Once Upon a Donkey said...
July 30, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Beautiful! Well done on conquering FMQ too. I need to practice too so thanks for the tips. You've shown it's worth it in the end. :)

Anonymous said...
July 30, 2013 at 7:04 PM

love love love. love the changes, love the quilting, love the photos!

Laura C @ littleandlots said...
July 30, 2013 at 7:53 PM

Love a husband holding a quilt! :) Mine gripes about it but he always does it in the end. I think you did a fabulous job on the quilting--thank you for writing about the things that made your process more enjoyable. You're a finishing-projects machine, woman!

Dee said...
July 31, 2013 at 4:41 PM

Wow! Oh wow! This is so pretty and I appreciate every tip you gave ! Great job!

Gemini Jen NZ said...
August 3, 2013 at 11:58 PM

Good on you for tackling the FMQ on a large project. I am hoping to follow your lead once I get some consistency with my machine on smaller projects. Great quilt!

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