12/23/12

December FMQ Challenge


This is my #12 Challenge for the 2012 Free Motion Quilting Challenge organized by SewCalGal.  This month's tutorial was by Patsy Thompson, and it was excellent as usual.  This has been a valuable exercise, and I, for one, have really learned a lot over the year.  The tutorials are all stored a notebook now.  It's a valuable reference I've already used when I've tried to dip into my shallow knowledge base a time or two.

The December challenge was all about borders.  Here's what I ended up with:


My feathers rambled off in all directions a couple of times, and for some reason, I ended up with an extra border around the outside.  I decided to fill it in with paw prints, a cat, and a mouse.  Do you see them?  It's not great, but it's not bad either.  Like any new skill, it just takes practice and patience.

And here are the twelve challenges I completed.  I think I completed every month except for one, and I filled that in with a bonus challenge.  I've already used Leah Day's Double Stippling technique and Wendy Sheppard's Jester's Hat in a couple of my doll quilts. 


It's been a full year of challenges, and I have appreciated the hard work of so many people.  Thanks to SewCalGal for all her effort organizing the challenge this year.


8 comments from clever and witty friends:

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Love those paw prints! Congratulations on completing the 12 month challenge.

Denise :) said...

Barbara, your paw prints to cat to mousie are all darling!! Great job on your FMQ finish!!! :)

Teresa in Music City said...

Great job! Of course, the cat motifs in the outer border makes it perfect! I'm copying the tutorials so I can work on them this year.

Quilting Babcia said...

Aww, you're such a softie, letting Smitty walk all over your quilt sample! Great border design - he definitely shows promise in the artistic department - and at such a young age! Great job!

treadlemusic said...

The kitties/paw prints are awesome!! Such variety....will be much used in the future, I am sure!! Well done!

quiltzyx said...

Congrats on all your FMQ work! Your borders look terrific. :D

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Love it! Love it! Love it! Meowww!

Janet O. said...

I think the cat/mouse/pawprints are very clever.
Congrats on getting 12 challenges in.