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Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day: Free Motion Quilting Kit

Do you want to join me in all the fun? Great!!

How about  “the sew mama sew” giveaway day!!

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How about the chance to win a Free Motion Quilting Kit!! I am having so much fun with my 30 days of FMQ practice, that I thought I would share a FMQ kit that I put together (Kit also includes the Supreme Slider, not featured in this picture).
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  1. Beginners Guide to Free Motion Quilting. A great book with plenty of examples!!
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  2. Simplify Aurifil Thread 50wt. I love Aurifil thread when FMQ, it makes all the difference.9317942026_997e85874f_c
    (Picture Source: Camille Roskelley Blog)
  3. Machingers Gloves. I have tried three different types of quilt gloves and these are just in a different league. Wonderful!!
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  4. Supreme Slider. This sheet reduces friction and allows the quilter to move the quilt easily.
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This whole kit is worth ~$85 USD.

I will choose the winner at random using random.org. This is open for everyone; USA based and internationally (shipping will be covered by me). The giveaway is open until May 16th @ 5pm PST.

So, to enter just leave a comment telling me “What FMQ technique do you like or want to learn”. If you are a follower, you can leave a second comment letting me know.

Have fun!!

*Note: I usually try to reply to all comments but may not be able to do so due to the volumes of a giveaway.

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And the winner is:

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which is Pauline Perry….I will email you tonight for your details. Congratulations!!

Week 1: FMQ practice + Winner

I started this week, with trying out FMQ on my new machine. My start was interesting – it took me almost an hour to work out how to change the foot and change the metal plate to the one I needed. I finally could start.

Bought to you from my INSTAGRAM FEEDS (ml_wilkie)….

I practiced some pebbling and some geometric squares. The pebbling did not go well, as I still had trouble knowing where to go. I did like the geometrics better.
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To improve my pebbling, I spend a lot of the week practicing on paper….practice! practice! practice!
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On Day 5, was much better but I still need to keep working on it.
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More drawing on Day 6, this time playing with swirls and trying out a possible pattern for my stitch and flip quilt top.
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So, that is Work in progress, week 1 of 4. What are you trying at the moment with regards to FMQ?

Linking up with Lorna @ Sew fresh Quilts for “Let’s bee Social” and Lee over @ Freshly Pieced for “WiP Wednesday” (see buttons on the right).

Lastly, the winner of Angela Walters Free Motion Quilting Book and a pair of Machingers is:
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who is Jo @ Riddle and Whimsy. Jo, I will email you with the details.

 

 

Book Review Tuesday: Free Motion Quilting

I have recently had the chance to attend one of Angela Walters’ class in person at Sewdown Nashville. It was fantastic. I wanted to continue practicing and growing this skill of Free-Motion Quilting.

Review

I already had in my growing library of books her book Free-Motion Quilting. I grabbed it and decided to start working through it.
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Title:  “Free Motion Quilting with Angela Walters”
Author:  Angela Walters
Publisher:  C & T Publishing
ISBN:  978-1-60705535-8

This book has a great layout that builds on the knowledge you learn with each chapter. It starts with similar techniques as in her class however I was pleasantly surprised while the topic was the same, the patterns were different. Each design includes step by step instructions making it very easy to follow and practice.

The book includes circles, swirls, squares, lines, vines, arcs, and points. A great collection of designs are discussed.

My favorite section is in Section 3, in which Angela, helps you visualize how to use the designs in modern quilts. It provides great inspiration on how to combine different designs to highlight but complement the quilt.

I really enjoyed reading through this book as it was easy to follow which is perfect for a book that is an instructional guide and possible replacement/substitute for those who can’t attend a class.

Definitely a 4 out of 5.
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Project

My project is kind of different as it is a long-term project this time. I am committing to practice Free-Motion Quilting for 15 minutes every day from May 1st through May 31st. Practice…Practice…Practice. There are 4 main groupings of techniques in this book that fits perfectly with 4 weeks of May. You can see the daily progress on instagram @ ml_wilkie; and I will show you all a weekly recap on my blog right here.

This is where I am starting at:
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and…Geometric_FMQ

I hope you can stop by and see the progress!!

Give-away

Giveaway time!! The winner will win a copy of Free Motion Quilting with Angela Walters and a pair of Machingers quilting gloves (recommended in Angela’s book and I am loving my new pair already!!).
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All you need to do is leave a comment on either what you would like to learn in FMQ or what is your favorite FMQ tip or design. There is a second chance to win if you are a follower, just leave a second comment. A winner will be chosen at random and announced next Tuesday, May 6th after 6pm.

A disclaimer, all reviews and opinions of the books reviewed will be mine, unless otherwise stated. Please note, I may not respond to all comments due to volume and bandwidth.

Linking up with Lee Over @ Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday.

First-time: Free motion quilting (FMQ)

One of my favorite things, is when you buy fabric and in the package the fabric store include  those little treats. I have been sent 4 mini charm packs lately. I wanted to try and use them as I was inspired by Amanda Jean @ crazy mom quilts square pillow she had in this blog.

I put 3 of the mini charm packs into a bag and then randomly select them and sewed them in strips and the final result was this cushion top:

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The squares are not aligned perfectly but for the first time using them I think it still looks cute.

I quilted this with flowers. It was my first time doing free motion quilting (FMQ). I was thinking doing a dogwood pattern, which is kind of represented below but after the first one, I decided that I should just go with it and see where it takes me – perfection was not the goal 🙂

I do think its a pretty good job since I have never tried it before. I like that the flower petals are all different and it has the little centers. Here are a couple of photos:IMG_7189 IMG_7191

Material used:
1 mini charm pack – Ticklish, Me & my sisters designs fro Moda
1 mini Charm pack – Happy go lucky, Bonnie @ Camille for Moda
1 mini charm pack – Posy, Aneela Hoey for Moda.

What are your favorite FQM patterns – I would love to add some to my pinterest site as a reference :-)….so leave a comment and let me know. Hope you all have a good weekend, I am linking up with AmandaJean @Crazy Mom quilts for finish it up Friday.