Wednesday, February 29, 2012

February Free Motion Quilting

With only two hours to go in the month, I have to post less than stellar attempts at Diane Gaudynski's echoed plumes.  February has whizzed by, even though there is an extra day this year.  So here are my feeble plumes.  I made a promise to myself that I'll do a lot more practicing on the March lesson. (And of course, there are two more days in March, so that will help.)

But that's not the only sewing I did in February.  I made this whirligig quilt for a friend's new grandson, using the tutorial from Turtle Hill Quilter.  I had to take the photos in less than optimum conditions, so you'll have to excuse the shadows.  The fabrics are all children's and novelty fabrics, so the wee one can play a little I Spy.

Here's the front:

and the back:


And finally, I made this quilt top to for my daughter.  I used a charm pack of Kaffe Fassett fabrics for the background and some hand-dyed fabrics for the hearts and hands.  I traced my husband's and my hands and we each drew our own hearts;  I appliqued them by machine using decorative stitches on my Bernina.  The feature that allows you to make one stitch at a time came in handy on all those tight corners and curves.  I'm planning to hand quilt this and have it ready when DD finishes redecorating her room.  


We did a little shopping recently at the mall, and stopped for lunch where I snapped DD and her dad.