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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Madness!

Why oh why can't I decide to just quilt something nice and big and loose and easy?  Do you remember my Q1 and Q2 FAL quilt?  Oh yeah, there were several - this one


 - the Waverunner I made, oh so long ago based on a tutorial from Victoria / Bumblebeans.  (so long ago, the tutorial is no longer available on her site!)  Looks like it would be a good candidate for a nice overall quilting job, right?  Somewhere along the way I decided that those orange pieces were just crying out to have pebbles quilted in them, what, you hear them too?  Okay, so I'll do pebbles in them and then a nice easy all-over for the rest.  What - now the green pieces are feeling left out?  Okay, some ribbon candy for them.  Before I knew it I had a whole cacophony of screams for custom quilting.  I must be mad, as I have been listening to them all! 
 

 Every colour family is getting a different quilting design - sometimes it is every colour.  I figure I'm about 2/3 done, and it may not be done by the end of the second quarter, but progress is being made!   It's a darn good thing I like to practice my FMQ!

In an effort to preserve my sanity - and give me a break from the quilting, I have been busy with other projects as well.  Sometime ago, I wrote up a tutorial for a Disappearing 4Patch with a Twist.  I finally got around to making something other than potholders!  I grabbed 4 flannel FQ, cut 2 correction 4 10" squares from each and pieced my 4 patches.  Because of the bigger size, I offset my cuts to 3.5" from the corners, twisted, stitched and viola!  This was a great project to put my new sewing machine through its paces, and I have to say it did well! 
Twisted 4P Baby
and look - I straight line quilted it!!!

chicks and monkeys
aren't those chicks and monkeys fun?
What madness have you been up to???
Happy quilting!

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20 comments:

Laura said...

That is a super cute flannel quilt! I have never made a quilt out of all flannel. I might have to try it!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

love it!!

Quilt Rat said...

Well, what can you do?....the quilt is telling you what it wants...just must obey! :-)

I am rather partial to a wide variety of quilt lines on quilts.....keeps the viewer engaged and keeps the quilter from becoming bored with repetition

This just looks like such fun!

elle said...

They all have their place. The noisy, the quiet, the circular and the straight. There is a lot of grumbling in my studio as I try to sort and start! Pick me!!!! lol

Joan said...

Absolutely love your quilting. Just read about your win ...and your quilt win...too...congratulations...what a great machine :)

Peg said...

Beauties, both of them! You know as much as I love FMQ (other people's because I just am not good at this) and the interest that it adds to a quilt, I love straight-line and stitch-in-the-ditch, too, for the way it features the quilt pattern.

Caroline Heinrichs said...

Love these projects!

Caroline Heinrichs said...

Heh, I'd like to follow you but prefer the email to my inbox method, can you pop this option on your blog? :)

applepiepatchwork said...

That flannel quilt is really cute! The straight line quilting suits it very well. And belated congratulations on your win at Quilt Canada in Penticton! You definitely deserved it. My local guild (Lethbridge) will be hosting that show in 2015 and I sort of have a goal of trying to get a quilt in that show. I'm nervous already though! Do you have any pointers? :)

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Gina said...

Love that top quilt! If every colour family needs its own quilting pattern maybe you'll have to make a really really monochromatic quilt so you can do a big, loose, easy quilting design?!

Beth said...

Sometimes when they talk to you, it leads to trouble. LOL It is looking great.
Love the straight line quilting too. That fabric is so cute.

Magpie Quilts said...

I'm loving the colours in your flannel quilt!

Terry Aske Art Quilts said...

Both beautiful projects! The straight line quilting looks like a nice break in the middle of your intensive FMQ project. Glad to hear the new machine works well.

Pam Pollock said...

Congratulations on your new machine! And lovely projects to put her through her paces!

rtquilter said...

Oops! Lost the first comment? It is lovely Janet! Just go with it and enjoy the quilting practice ( like you need and !!! )

Vicki Miller said...

Beautiful work! Congrats on getting your ufos finished!

Regina said...

That quilt deserves the fancy quilting it is getting! And your flannel quilt is lovely, too.

Renate said...

Ingenious way you have quilted both of those quilts. Nice to hear the new Pfaff is working out well for you.

PghPat said...

I would like to make a full size quilt with the pattern you used for the baby quilt with the flannel fabric....the D4P with a Twist. I am confused tho by your comment that you used 4 different fat quarters and cut 4 squares from each. Aren't FQs measured 18 x 22? Were your blocks not 10" squares? I just love your work and just love this block. Pat

What Comes Next? said...

Hi PghPat. Sorry, you are a 'NoReply" blogger, so I will post my answer here - hope you get it! The joys of our Canadian FQ - they are a FQ of a meter cut, so they measure 20x22. I did end up with a sliver under 10" square on a couple of the blocks after I squared up the FQ, but I was able to make it work. The joy of this pattern is that you could decide to do it with 8.5" or 9" squares, getting 4 out of your FQ, and the end result will still be fabulous! Good luck with you quilt