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Friday, 5 April 2013

Em Dash & The Mood Blocks - Skill Builder BOM: February/FMQ


FMQ is now complete on my two February Skill Builder BOM blocks.

I've decided to keep the background quilting the same across all the blocks to give the quilt some sense of continuity.  Flicked through numerous books for fmq inspiration but as always came back to Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters - that girl can quilt!  If you're not familiar with Angela's quilting check out my blog post about Tula Pink's Trunk Show that I attended last year - Angela quilts all of Tula's quilts, and they're absolutely amazing! Angela also blogs at Quilting Is My Therapy.


So here's my 2 blocks:

EM DASH
Kaffe Fassett - Paperweight
This Kaffe Fassett is so busy it's hard to really see what's going on with the quilting!


THE MOOD
Kaffe Fassett - Japanese Chrysanthemum

and here's my progress so far:



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39 comments:

  1. Gorgeous quilting, it really shows off the shapes in the block patterns if you know what I mean!

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    1. I'm so glad you said that Sarah Lou, I was hoping to achieve just that :)

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    1. Thanks Lucy, I'm kind of pleased with them myself! :)

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  3. they look wonderful - the quilting is gorgeous, even if you can't see it on the back! Love the way you've turned the em-block into peacock feathers

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    1. I surprised myself with the feathers Wendy, rather pleased with them if I say so myself!!! :)

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  4. Love your blocks even more now they are quilted! Stunning! xx

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    1. Thanks Lin, finished the other 2 today and have scheduled them to post overnight, relieved to finally have caught up with the BOM schedule! :)

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  5. Lovely quilting, looks great!

    Nana

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  6. I love your blocks Chrissie, and the quilting is gorgeous! It's so funny that you've decided to do all the background fabric FMQing the same - I've yet to start my quilting (waiting for the wadding!) but had exactly the same thought about trying to have some commonality across all the blocks, they're such bold and striking designs I do worry about tying them all together sometimes! Sx

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    1. Totally agree and since making my decision I've been drawn to 2 sections of The Mood block that are made in the background fabric but I've quilted them with 'spiralling' straight line triangles I'm thinking I need to unpick these 2 areas and redo them with vermicelli (stippling) to match the rest of the background fabric. I'll leave them alone for now and see how they look as the quilt develops but I'm certain they'll just start to annoy me more now that I've spotted my 'error' - so watch this space!!! :)

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  7. Wonderful blocks Chrissie, the peacock feather quilting is just beautiful!

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  8. Super pretty quilting on those!

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  9. Serioulsy OMGOSH - the feathers, the feathers, THE FEATHERS!!! Chrissie - they look absolutely, stunningly gorgeous. I just love them!!!!

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    1. Oh your comment is so sweet Lisa, thanks every so much (don't tell everyone but I love them too ;) )

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  10. You are doing such a fantastic job with your FMQ! I love those feathers, too!

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    1. Thank you too Lorna, everyone's being so lovely in their comments :)

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  11. Wow! Gorgeous quilts and a great job quilting them!!

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    1. Hi Angela, I was at 'Show & Tell' at my NYC Metro Mod Guild meeting when your comment arrived and I couldn't help but share it with those around me - I wonder if you have any idea the interest a comment from you can spark at a Quilters' Guild meeting?!!! Thanks so much, you really are a great inspiration and you've made my week :)

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  12. Beautiful blocks Chrissie! I'm having such a hard time quilting the fern design and you just nailed it!

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    1. Thanks Kati but I find it hard to believe you're struggling with this design as your fmq is always incredible!!! :)

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  13. Ooooo love! The quilting is fab and I love Kaffe's paperweight fabric. We have been away this last week and another week of Easter holidays next week but after that I MUST get FMQ'ing! I should write it on a blackboard like Bart Simpson.

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    1. I MUST get FMQ'ing. I MUST get FMQ'ing. I MUST get FMQ'ing. I MUST get FMQ'ing.
      I MUST get FMQ'ing. I MUST get FMQ'ing. I MUST get FMQ'ing. I MUST get FMQ'ing.
      I MUST get FMQ'ing. I MUST get FMQ'ing. I MUST get FMQ'ing. I MUST get FMQ'ing.

      I'm up-to-date Gertie, can't quite believe it, finished the other two blocks today, just posted about them! AND the good news is that I've got better at keeping my shoulders down from my ears and staying relaxed - don't know how it happened, it just did. Get practising my Gertie, I'm proof that it works ;)

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  14. Oh wow Chrissie, such gorgeous quilting! It's all just stunning! And it looks fabulous on the reverse as well. You are so talented. And great use of Kaffe Fassett prints, after my KF quilt, I can spot them a mile off! xx

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    1. My special friend Sarah, thank you - how much do we both love KF? Get that Bernina BSR out and practise, it really works! :)

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  15. Wow! Just wow! This is just stunning! Your work is beautiful!

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    1. Thanks so much Amy, that's lovely of you to say. :)

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  16. I really like your quilting - very awesome! Can't wait to see what all these quilts look like when they are done.

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    1. Hi Julie, thanks. The quilts are all taking on their own personality with the different fabrics and quilting even though they are all the 'same', you right it will be fun to see how they all turn out :)

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    1. Thanks Jen, in all honesty they really weren't difficult and they look incredibly effective :)

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    1. Thanks Boo, you and Joy will have to give them a try! :)

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  19. That feather quilting is just gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you - I'm equally in love with the pieced feather on the tote bag you made last year! :)

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  20. Have you been studying Angela Walters Negative Space class on Craftsy? I love that class. x

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