Friday, November 30, 2012

SewCalGal - FMQ Challenge - October and November 2012

NovemberSarah Vedeler
November Swirls

Swirls can be sewn in columns so they would be nice in sashing or borders, or smooched together to be an all over pattern.

Definitely helps to plan out where you want the design to go and which way you will put them together.  The PDFs worksheets are good to look at and draw long with pencil or finger to get the motion internalized.  My hand was able to do the design better where the joining was with the horizontal line much better than the joining with the point, but I got a few of both in the pink example.

Sarah did a masterful job of breaking down the swirl shape in her write up for SewCalGal.

Different fabric behaves differently - the larger Kona cotton example was sort of dragging as I was sewing, so I was unable to get a smaller scale practice in.  The other example was had thinner batting and thinner fabric so I was able to have more control and to practice with a smaller scale.

I'm amazed that I did not break one needle, and only one time did the thread get doubled up and I needed to stop and pull threads out the back!  We are getting ready now to leave for the sabbatical, probably around January 1st we will be in Boston area for 6 to 9 months.  Right now I'm not picturing being able to bring my sewing machine with me and I have not found an online place where I can take classes and borrow a machine, so I don't know what will happen to my hobby. Guess I will hope to pick a machine up on Craigs List once we are there!  Or I could try my hand at joining without a sewing machine....

You too can join up with the 2012 SewCalGal's Free-Motion Quilt Challenge now to become a better free motion quilter and have the chance to win fabulous prizes!!  

 To enter the November drawing:
1. Write blog entry or post a photo on Flicker. Copy and save the URL.
2. Then go to
3. Click on the August link - you'll go to the screen with information about the challenge for November. The direct link is:
4. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and add the link to your site. I'm number 118.

I'm coding all my entries about this project with SewCalGalFMQ2012 so clicking on that will show the most recent post on top.

OctoberTeri Lucas

October Front

October Back
I wasn't posting during October as I was too busy with the conference, but this was fun embellishing this pieced animal. I did this years ago, so I'm going to do one of the make up challenges to I have 'credit' for doing 12 during 2012.

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