Yesterday was a GREAT day!

For the past 6 months or so I have been jonesing on understanding and accomplishing free motion quilting.  Now for those in the dark, FMQ is taking all the control of stitching away from the machine.  Your feet control the foot pedal which is full throttle/pedal to the metal.  But your hands now control speed and direction of the stitching, if you go too slow then the stitches become too long and if you go too fast then I have trouble thinking where I'm going and it becomes mayhem.

So Tuesday night, I sat and watched tv and drew loops and loops and loops.  Derek said it looked like the deranged ramblings of a serial killer quilter.  And he might have been right....but it helped me get over the mental aspect of understanding which way to go next.

So Wednesday, I was ready to get the proverbial ball rolling and just do it!  It took a quick hour and 45 minutes and I had beaten my fears.

Completed Foxy Sparkles quilt
Closeup of free motion quilting
Back of Foxy Sparkles quilt
Closeup of quilting from the back
So my quilting is far from perfect but I feel good enough to try again on another quilt and progressively get better.  

Name:  Foxy Sparkles
Fabric:  'Outfoxed' by Lizzy House, Kona White, Chevrons from Hancock's, Kona Sable, Brown Eggs from 'It's A Hoot'
Quilting:  Free motion stippling by me!!
Size:  56" x 56" 


  1. Love the name you gave your quilt! It looks great & I'm so impressed with your fmq! Good for you!

  2. I knew you could do it! Looks great, awesome texture to the quit.

  3. Hello, I've just come over from In Color Order. Love your quilt, and now feeling challenged as FMQ terrifies my ;-) My one attempt so far looked like a giant cactus had landed on the quilt...

  4. It looks awesome!! I love your fabrics and the free motion quilting. What a great finish. :)

  5. you did a fabulous job. I still need to conquer my fear, too

  6. Love it! You never cease to amaze and inspire me!

  7. The quilting looks great! It took me awhile before I got the right combo of tension, needle speed and hand speed with FMQ.