Free Motion Quilting Finished

whole quiltThe top is finally quilted, though this photo wouldn’t prove it! The plan was to add “pebbles” quilting to the aqua and the large gray areas; it seemed that would link those spaces with the orange-circles patterned fabric and the yellow polka dot. The straight-line quilting lines crossed over and linked to the blue checked fabric. The zig zag on the large gray areas ties to the aqua fabric pattern. Here are two close ups.

detail of grayaqua detailI have yet to decide if the pebbles worked to create the unity I wanted on the aqua or if it is just busy. Either way, the quilting is finished. I’ll bind it in aqua or orange or gray…to be determined later.

Also finished is the free motion quilting on the pillows I made with the left over fabrics (challenge fabrics shown here). I’ll put on the walking foot and use light gray  on the striped halves.

pillow 2

Pillow 1

All those small spaces were less intimidating for trying out other fillers than the pebbles pattern. I’ve been a frequent visitor to the Free Motion Quilting Project and watched many of the videos. It is fun to finally be using some. Perfect it’s not; rather the category it fits is “85% is usually good enough.” Especially if you stand 4 feet back. Finished is good.

The pillows will fit a 14-inch form. I’ll use aqua or orange fabric over cording for the edge treatment. I still have ten days, plenty of time.

Browse other finishes and free-motion quilting at Link A Finish Friday, TGIFF, and Free Motion Quilting Project.

12/8/15 Linking with Tuesday archives for the zig zag print and quilting. (Button in sidebar). The finish is linked on my Finished Quilts page under “Squares, Circles, and Zig Zags, Oh My!”



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18 responses to “Free Motion Quilting Finished

  1. You are way ahead of me with this kind of thing. Your pebbles look good. I did them with the longarm and I think that interferes with doing them free motion. In fact, I think doing the longarm interferes with me doing free motion at all. Maybe I don’t have the mindset for free motion, because that’s why I got the longarm in the first place – lots of disastrous tries at free motion, before it was called that – in the early 90s. Yours looks terrific, I think, though, so I’m thinking you DO have the mind for it!

  2. Your quilting looks great. I love the pebbles look, but, boy they can take a long time to finish. I like that you have varied sizes of pebbles.

  3. Looks awesome! Congrats on a soon to be bound finish!

  4. I love what you did with the Riley Blake challenge fabric. Really cool. M

  5. Great work!!! all those circles – you are dedicated!

  6. Nice job! I’m still scared to try anything “little” in FMQ. I should try a pillow – small space!

  7. That is a really interesting quilt! The grey background is strong, yet soothing. And your quilting is very nice. I like pebbles.

  8. Cher

    hurray for finishing! I think the quilting does much of what you were hoping to achieve. With all the snow of late, it is good to be home and stay warm.
    I will be home bound this weekend too due to the weather.

  9. Reblogged this on Trkingmomoe's Blog and commented:
    I would like my friends at Kos to see this free motion quilting you did in your boarder. Wow what a great job!

  10. I think your free motion quilting on the pillows came out great. I’m very impressed by the swirls. I can’t wait to see the riley blake quilt in person. The parts look very well done but it will be even better to see it as a whole. Great job!

  11. Wow!!! You are impressive! I love your pebbles! And those pillows are superb!

  12. Bravo! I love the Riley Blake. I’m having so much fun with my own right now–I better hustle, Feb 17 is only a week away.

  13. Karen Griggs

    I like the free motion pebbles. There was an example in a book, but your quilting is more elaborate. Good work!! Regards, Karen Griggs

  14. Jo

    I love your quilting! I need to get more adventurous with my quilting techniques!

  15. I like the zig zags and pebbles in your negative space, I will have to try that sometime.

  16. Beautiful quilt and quilting! I always like to make pillows with the scraps too!

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