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Sunday, 30 June 2013

Switz & Geo Swirl Blocks - Skill Builder BOM: May/FMQ

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

So here's my 2 blocks:

SWITZ BLOCK

When I created the centre circles I didn't want to do raw edge applique so I turned the edges under and sewed them into place.  Once I was ready to fmq the centre I removed the original straight stitching and fmq'd over both circles.

I got a bit carried away fmqing this block and maybe it's worked too heavily compared to the simple fmqing on all the other blocks but I think I like it.

Kaffe Fassett - Oriental Trees


GEO SWIRL BLOCK
Kaffe Fassett - Oriental Trees

and here's my progress so far:

Next Time: For June we'll be perfecting Foundation Paper Piecing and HSTs - maybe I should get around to these June blocks sooner rather than later as we're pretty much at July already!!!



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36 comments:

  1. The blocks are looking good! Well done!

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  2. I especially love the quilting on the switz block.

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  3. Your blocks look fabulous!

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  4. Your quilting is awesome! Such beautiful work! Love it!!

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  5. WOW! The quilting does it! How sharp the un-quilted blocks look and how soft the quilting makes them.

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  6. Looks great - look at all that quilting your doing. Great Job!!!

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  7. Awesome, cant wait to see the finished project!

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  8. Wow - this really shows how much dimension and pattern free motion quilting can add. I'm amazed at your level of skill!

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  9. wow! these blocks are amazing! love the bright colors!

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  10. these blocks rock!! the quilting texture just makes them so special!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  11. I hate to break it to you but we're now in July. Over half the year gone. You've done a lovely job so far and the back of the quilt is going to look beautiful too.

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  12. They look amazing! I love the backing!

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  13. The blocks are looking good so far, well done.

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  14. Oh, your blocks look awesome. Love your FMQ and great choice for the backing as well. It'll be fantastic quilt!

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  15. Your FMQ is divine - it adds so much to the blocks, it's a feature in itself. All the blocks are looking fabulous and of course I adore the KF backing - perfect choice :-)

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  16. Beautiful blocks. It is going to be such a great quilt! I love what you did with the Switz block! The micro-quilting looks amazing and adds so much dimension. I like how you chose contrasting thread colors too!

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  17. Wow, these look awesome! I love your FMQ!

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  18. Superb color and texture! A real stunner...

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  19. Wow, these are beautiful! And what is that gorgeous fabric you are using for the back? The colors are so pretty together.

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    1. Hi Kathy, the backing fabrics are all Kaffe Fassett's, I just love his fabrics. If you'd like to see a photo of the 20 fabrics I'm using for the backing I included one here in this previous post :)

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  20. Your quilting is incredible. I love the idea of quilting as you go, with such fabulous floral fabric as a backing. This is going to be one beautiful quilt.

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  21. Your quilting on the Switz is just stunning. It really changes the way this block looks. I haven't been a huge fan of it, but it look amazing with your stitching. I'm not brave enough for that yet, but I'll see how I go :-)
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  22. Gosh, these blocks are gorgeous and the quilting is incredible.

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  23. Wow, that quilting is awesome. Truly inspirational! The back is looking awesome too:)

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  24. These blocks are A-MA-ZING! I love the Switz block before quilting but to see it taken up another level after quilting is incredible.

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  25. They are beautiful! How are you planning on joining them?

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    1. Hi Kim, it's QAYG - Alyssa of Pile O'Fabric is planning for us to use Leah Day's QAYG method, here, which is half machine sewn and half hand sewn. I'm not in love with all that hand sewing so I might resort back to the QAYG machine sewn method that I devised here earlier this year. :)

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  26. These look great all together!

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  27. Wow your blocks are amazing and than the quilting puts it over the top!! How do you put the blocks together when you are quilting them individually like that?

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    1. Thanks so much :D This method is QAYG, it's a great way to be able to do some really detailed quilting without dragging the weight of a whole quilt through your machine.

      Alyssa of Pile O'Fabric is planning for us to use Leah Day's QAYG method, here, which is half machine sewn and half hand sewn. I'm not in love with all that hand sewing so I might resort back to the QAYG machine sewn method that I devised here earlier this year.

      I'm not in love with having a 'grid' pattern on all my quilts so I don't use it all the time but now and again it's good to use this method just to be able to express yourself with the fmq! :)

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  28. the quilting on Switz is just gorgeous. I can't print out the template for the Geo Swirl, I'm going ot have to try to draw it!

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  29. That Switz block is my favorite so far. Your FMQ is simply amazing!!

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  30. Oh why do I always find these blogs years later??? I absolutely adore your blocks and love the Kaffe Faset fabric on the back. I would have joined them as a rag quilt and kept the KF fabrics smooth. Can you still get that KF fabric? Just my luck if you can't.

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    1. Thanks so much for all your wonderful comments, I'm so glad you've found my blog no matter how much later!!! You can still find quite a large number of Kaffe's fabrics and some are reprinted though unfortunately some are no longer available. Here's a link to my blog page showing how I made each block and in each post I detail the name of the Kaffe Fassett fabric on the back of that particular block. You could use that info to do an internet search. I saw your comment about Benartex Burlap Brights fabric too - I'm afraid I don't know of any UK Benartex suppliers but you could ask the question directly of Benartex, here's a link to their contact us/comment page. Hope this is useful info, thanks so much for dropping by and I hope you'll visit my blog again - Chris :D

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