Friday, February 22, 2013
Swirls, A Doll Quilt and a Birthday
Today was my birthday, so I took a day of vacation from work. Outside was rainy and very cold, but inside it was warm, with candles burning, music playing in the background and sewing going on in the sewing room. THE PERFECT DAY!
I wanted to begin and finish a project today, so I made this doll quilt. The pattern can be found HERE. I looked through my scraps to find similar colored fabrics. This is where having precut strips and charm squares came in handy. I already had the 2 inch strips and 5 inch squares. This sped things up a lot.
Even though this quilt pattern is for a doll quilt, I think it would be perfect for a small table runner or table topper.
I've also been wanting to expand my free motion quilting beyond the basic meander that I normally do. I love swirls! So I signed up for a Craftsy class and learned how to make them! I'm really happy about this.
They aren't perfect by any means and I need lots more practice. But for my first attempt, I was pleased. You start out by sketching the swirls like this. I also practiced on a practice quilt sandwich before attempting it on a real quilt. The small size of the doll quilt was great for practicing too.
With more practice I think I will be able to manage making swirls on a larger quilt.
There are so many more FMQing designs for me to learn.
This post is linked to FRIDAY NIGHT SEW IN and CRAZY MOM QUILTS FINISH IT FRIDAY.