Doll Quilt #1 and FMQ Practice
Last week, I shared information about a great cause that is collecting doll quilts. A Doll Like Me is a Wisconsin-based company that touched my heart and that of many other quilters. Details may be found in my earlier post, Doll Quilts for A Doll Like Me, if you are interested in reading more about it. Sue and I both felt this was a good use of our time and talents, and that we should make a few doll quilts.
Doll Quilt #1
We had some leftover fabric from the Regatta quilt sew along. Since it was made from 2.5″ strips, it would be easy to sew those leftover strips into a blue and white little quilt top. Although Sue wasn’t thrilled with this little project cutting in (it must be a first grade thing!), she rallied and got the strips gathered for me. Once they were sewn into a 17″ x 24″ flimsy, it was time for quilting.
Take note of the red marking lines on the picture above. Later, we will discover that they do not completely fade with washing. Joy of joys or should I say dawn of Dawn and a plastic scrubby to the rescue. But I am jumping ahead of the free-motion quilting practice experiment.
Angela Walters is hosting a FMQ quilting along on her Facebook website with YouTube videos released weekly through April. The third lesson released on February 26 covered continuous curve quilting. This lesson is something I was especially interested in learning. Obviously, it would not be necessary to mark the horizontal lines but I would need to add vertical marks. Rather than marking at every 2″ or so I thought 4″ would work.
And then I wasn’t able to do that well – I marked the first line at 3.5″ which threw off the second line. Geez, apparently I can’t read a ruler! I drew a second set of lines thinking no big deal – I could ignore the wrong first set (which I could, thankfully). So I started following Angela’s instructions with my ruler foot from the middle edge. I think the design might be called an orange peel, and it would look much better on a square instead of a rectangle. I need to work on a consistent stitch length, too. It was fun and I would definitely repeat this practice stitch again on another piece.
FMQ Marking Oops
So, it turns out the Frixion pen is not easily removable. Yes, it can be erased or it turns invisible with the iron but that does not totally remove it. After the first washing with good old get-nothing-clean-but-clean-clothes Tide, it soaked in Dawn and met our scrubby. That got out the lines. Phew. This little doll quilt was finished off with a navy polka dot binding and is now ready to be shipped off.
I will continue practicing on my FMQ skills. The only way is up, right?!!
Sneak Peek – Doll Quilt #2
Here is a shot of the second doll quilt I’ll be working on and have for you next Friday (hopefully). Any suggestions for quilting? I am open for anything before I start but am leaning toward geometric squares.
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