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It’s hard to believe it’s my last linky party of the year… Better make it a good one. I have FINALLY finished my Quilt-As-You-Go-Free-Motion-Quilt-A-Long!!!   I’m still not happy with my block joining – yes there are a few wonky seams there. There’s got to be a better way. I used Leah Day’s method this time – big improvement but … Read More

Feathers take 4

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And we’re going back to the very beginning… Next verse, same as the first but a little bit louder and a little bit worse… Right at the start, we talked about breaking up our blocks. We’ve broken them up with ribbons, we’ve broken them up horizontally, and we’ve broken them up diagonally. For your last feathers block, break it up. … Read More

FMQ Feathers – take 3

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One of my favourite FMQ feathers (but the one that did my head in most to start with) is what I’m going to call the Toothfairy Wing Feather. There’s probably a proper name for it, but it helps me to think of drawing a tooth when I’m quilting this design. I love, love, love the look of it but I … Read More

FMQAL – FMQ Feathers take 2

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After the super easy peasy first FMQ feather block, I decided to demonstrate some different ways of pimping your FMQ feathers. I say pimping, but I think plain, perfect FMQ feathers are a lot harder than adding a bit of variety (and visual distraction). Ok, this isn’t a great example. I am noticing a huge difference between blocks I quilt … Read More

WIP Wednesday – FMQAL

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Wow it’s been busy around here for someone who is not working. Lots of projects on the go. Job hunting. 28 days of leave left – I don’t have time to go back to work!!! I did have time to finish my blocks for the QAYGFMQAL#2. I’ve still got three posts to go to explain the last few feathers blocks… … Read More

QAYGFMQAL Sponsor – Green Fairy Quilts

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If there’s one quilter I want to be when I grow up, it’s Judi Madsen of Green Fairy Quilts… Judi is just about to head Oz-ward to the Australian Machine Quilter’s Association conference to which sadly, I am not going… Two of my friend are and they have promised to say hi to Judi for me… I’m almost consoled by … Read More

QAYGFMQAL – Final row – Feathers #1

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We had a great meeting at Perth Modern Quilt Guild on Sunday  It was our last week of me demo-ing FMQ (phew, I can relax now! My friend Emmy is going to demonstrate techniques for joining your blocks next month) and the first of our feathers blocks! Now a lot of quilters love and aspire to quilting feathers, but they seem … Read More

QAYGFMQAL – Leaves and wallpaper

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It’s time for our last block before our next meeting when we are going to attempt FEATHERS. This will help prepare you for feathers – the veins of the leaves are similar to the movement you use to create feathers, but the leaf shape gives you a nice small area to practise in. First, free motion your leaf outlines. You can … Read More

QAYGFMQAL – Block 5 and 6 – Orange Peel variations

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 It’s time for the next two blocks! These blocks are variations on the Orange Peel design. It’s such a useful and variable design, I thought I’d show you the basic technique, some variations, and then let you go for your life! The orange peel pattern is one I admired in a number of Judi Madsen’s (aka Green Fairy) quilts. (BTW, … Read More