14 April 2017

Block 10/25 My Queen Size Quilt


I started in the bottom left corner moving up the block with leaves, then back down the block with wonky hearts, back up with leaves, down with wonky hearts and so on. I didn't mark this one out, but I don't think I needed to here.  It's a mix of improv with trying out a new technique of overlapping with the hearts, back and forth with the leaves. Basically, playing, practicing, playing, enjoying the process, learning.  Repeat.

Previous blocks here:

My Queen Size Quilt Block Number Five
My Queen Size Quilt Block Number Eight
My Queen Size Quilt Block Number Nine



Thanks so much for visiting.  I'll be back on Monday with block number 11.

I hope you have a lovely Good Friday if you're celebrating.

Holly
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13 April 2017

Block 9/25 My Queen Size Quilt

Block number 9 of 25.


Look at how wonky those horizontal lines are!  Yes, I did not mark out my lines with chalk and I don't know about you, but I can tell!

This free motion quilting design is a great one for practicing stopping and starting, all while trying to keep the lines looking like they flow.  It is testing, it makes you move slower and with more purposeful strokes and those are great reasons to do it!  Practice makes better.

Block number 10, tomorrow is much more freestyle and 'flowy'.

To see the blocks I've already posted, click any of the links below, I'm updating the list as I go.

My Queen Size Quilt Block Number Five
My Queen Size Quilt Block Number Eight




Thank you!

Holly
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12 April 2017

Block 8/25 My Queen Size Quilt

First of all, hi!  Welcome to block no. 8 of my queen size quilt.

This one: so easy.  Tips for free motion quilting beginners: use chalk and a ruler to measure out the working areas.  I'm going to say that a lot.  Marking out your basic working area is KEY!  Don't worry about the finished sewing lines not looking smooth, or your stop/start spots looking rough.  If you're using a fabric which has a design or print on it, those tiny wobbles are not going to stand out.



I didn't want it to be the same all over, so every now and then I worked the pattern in a different direction.  I used this simple design on a few of the blocks and none of them actually look the same.  It's a great design to use to fill in a large area really quickly.  Each 'wobble' is about the width of my little finger.

Tomorrow, block number 9, also a really basic pattern, but a great one to practice your smooth stops and starts.  Also, tomorrows block demonstrates what happens when you don't mark out your working area...

My Queen Size Quilt Block Number Five


Thank you for visiting!

Holly

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11 April 2017

Block 7/25 My Queen Size Quilt



This was one of my earlier blocks, learning to go slow and learning to improvise.

I started free hand machine quilting this one in the top right hand corner and ended up in the top left hand corner with an improvised flower.  You can see this one is pretty basic, but again, 'simple and repetitive' looks good and can be easily re-worked when you need to turn a corner.  I chalked in lines to divide this into 6 strips, then I made my way back and forth until I got to the end.

To see the other blocks click on the links below.  When I have all 25 posted, I'll post a round-up to make them easy to navigate.

My Queen Size Quilt Block Number Five

My Queen Size Quilt Block Number Eight
My Queen Size Quilt Block Number Nine




Thanks so much for visiting!

Holly

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10 April 2017

Block 6/25 My Queen Size Quilt

If you know me, you'll know that I love water and mermaids and fish and sea things.  So, here are some pretty fish scales. I chalked out horizontal lines and went for it.  I wanted a little bit of 'difference' in the scales so every now and then I added a couple more lines, and in one, a 'pearl'.




This design is so simple and effective.  Each scale is a little smaller than 1.5 inches wide.

Tomorrow's block is a little more 'free style' but it's fun and helps grow your confidence in pure free-style machine quilting.

To see other blocks in my queen size quilt, click below.  I'm updating every time I post, so eventually I'll have all 24 block-links on each post.

My Queen Size Quilt Block Number Five

My Queen Size Quilt Block Number Seven
My Queen Size Quilt Block Number Eight
My Queen Size Quilt Block Number Nine


I hope you're inspired to try for yourself.  One tip for this style of freehand machine quilting: chalk out your lines first, it'll keep your scales uniform.

Holly
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07 April 2017

Block 5/25 My Queen Size Quilt

This block is kinda different to the rest because there is no contrast between the thread and the fabric.  It has this amazing softness to it when I run my hand across it.

How I did it: I chalked in some horizontal and vertical lines so there were 9 boxes.  They looked big so I drew in diagonal lines as well.  Then, slowly, I wiggled my way back and forth with free hand machine quilting.



If you look you can see the triangle and square/diamond shapes.  I think this design would be a great one to start with if you're new to free hand machine quilting.  Go slowly, make the squares or triangles no larger than about 4 or 5 inches, and see how it turns out.  Improvisation is key.

There are no rules other than trying to keep the lines an equal (ish) distance apart.  Looking even closer, my lines aren't really that even anyway.  Uneven-ness is perfect.  Also, this didn't take very long to quilt, so it's ideal if you have a large project and you don't want to spend forever on the quilting.

20 blocks to go, I can't wait to show you the next one.

Click here for
My Queen Size Quilt Block Number Seven
My Queen Size Quilt Block Number Eight

Thanks for visiting!  Extra pics added below for pinning.

Holly
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06 April 2017

Block 4/25 My Queen Size Quilt

Isn't she pretty!  My inspiration for this block came directly from a design I found through Pinterest (this link takes you to the Pin).  My sewing is nowhere near perfect here when you look closely but, it does look so pretty AND the imperfections are barely noticable (in my opinion) when you're looking at it as a whole.

I am very pleased with this block.  Note:  I made the 'work area' much smaller here.  Each motif is about 4.25 inches square.


I have 21 blocks left to reveal.  The next one looks so good, but is simple enough for a beginner to try.

Stay tuned.

Holly

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