Wednesday, May 23, 2012

May FMQ Challenge

While I  was taking a break from quilting I thought it would be a good time to knock out this challenge.  The tutorial this month was from Leah Day, and involved two variations on an easy stipple method.

Honestly I didn't love this pattern.  I think I've been trained to not let my lines cross so it's hard for me to accept this design that involves crossing back over your previous work.  It was also hard to know how to space out the guide line well, I had some gap spots that needed to be filled in.  I got really stressed when I realized there was a gap that needed to be filled in!

I stitched these on some placemats instead of just on a practice swatch, might as well knock out two projects in one!

Boxy version

Making the jagged lines of the boxy version was very hard, and I think the final product came out like a giant scribble.  Also I think I've been trained to stitch smooth lines and never have those abrupt points.

I thought the wavy version would end up like a giant scribble too but it actually looks okay.  I still would probably do actual stippling instead though.

curvy version

It's always fun to try out new designs and get some practice time in on the machine!  Also, if anyone has tips on how to photograph so that the quilting is really highlighted, please let me know.

ALSO:  I didn't leave the feed dogs up because I'm not sure how that works with a stitch regulator.  Does anyone have experience with this?  I was afraid to try!


  1. I don't have a stitch regulator but I did drop my feed dogs. I had extra space to cover in my sample but I decided I just quilt smaller than Leah Day! Also, that line she had us sew tended to box in the design. I wish I could have gone back in and added some more! Your place mats look great!

  2. Your stitching looks good--what I can see of it. : ) Don't use a flash and get your piece in a setting where the light source is creating shadows where the stitching lines are. I think your stitches would have shown up pretty well on these photos if they weren't competing with the pattern on the fabric.