Thursday, July 5, 2012

FMQ in tiles

  This month's Free Motion Quilting Challenge   by  Angela Walters is great.  It produces a very different effect for background quilting, giving the look of overlapping tiles.  Each tile has a filled with  stitching.   I did two different ones, swirls and stacked teardrops.  Why limit yourself to one when 2 or more will do.
   You begin in one corner creating a tile and filling it in, and then move to the side and repeat.  I did draw my lines as I got to a new section to box in.  And you need to think about where you are stitching, so that you can end up back at the beginning.  I learned that on the second tile when I ended up in the wrong spot.  Oh, well, that is what practice is for.  I just picked another spot and tried again.


 In the center I used what I call stacked teardrops.  A single teardrop shape or paisley is the basis and then you simply do a larger one around the first back to where you began.  If needed I add a third one to fill in or travel to another area.







   This technique creates instant texture and looks wonderful on tonal type fabrics.  I like the
"old world "   feeling that the overlapping tiles give.
  My practice piece is about 9" by 12".....when trimmed and bound, it is going to be a great snack mat.
  Many thanks to Angela for a great lesson.
Happy stitching.   

17 comments:

  1. Wow! Very nice... very nice indeed!

    I like the overlapping tiles too... and the stacked teardrops and swirls are perfect!

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  2. Wow!! This is a first ! It would be interesting to make this. Maybe I will try it on a table top.
    Good work Debbie.

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  3. Very, very nice! I love the effect of two different fillers!! Bravo!

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  4. Ooh, your quilting is gorgeous! I love your swirls and stacked teardrops! You know, I have trouble with these kinds of patterns even when I'm trying to doodle them with paper and pencil. It's hard for me to look at a finished piece of quilting and figure out where the quilter started, and follow the line of stitching to understand how the quilting was sequenced. I think I might need to print some photos of lovely quilting like yours and trace the stitching lines, you know, to get some muscle memory. Or to learn by osmosis. Whatever works!

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  5. That looks wonderful, I was going to do swirls on mine but I like your teardrops, mind if I borrow? I'm actually looking forward to doing this one, if I ever get my machine fixed.

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  6. Your quilting looks beautiful! I have this lesson and want to make sure I do it. I'm also glad to hear you woke the other day with no pain!

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  7. Debbie, you never, ever cease to amaze me with your talent. I love what you did with the FM challenge this month & the tiles. That's such a unique way of FM quilting. If SewCalGal has another challenge next year, you might consider contacting her as one of her experts to teach a month.

    It's good to hear that your PT is paying off. Independence Day was a perfect day to wake up with no pain!

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  8. Beautiful stitching Debbie, glad to see you stitching more again. Keep up the stretches and range of motion exercies. Hope to see you soon!

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  9. Looks very nice, Debbie. You are so on-the-ball with this challenge.
    Hope you keep improving, physically!

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  10. Great job on the challenge. I'm just printing out the instructions and will try it on my next quilt :)

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  11. This looks great. I think you got the hang of it. I like it.

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  12. Well done on your tiles. Looks really good.

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