Open Line Friday: FMQ and Quilt Market

Crababpple Free Motion QuiltingGood Afternoon, Quilters!

I’ve been slaving away on one of my BIG PROJECTS—watch for the “Reveal” some time next week—so I’m a little late with this post today.

I received this question this week and thought everyone could help answer…

Love this..it is a perfect overall filler! (Crabapple Blossom HERE) Thank you!  Would you mind sharing the approx size of flowers? Also, how would you accomplish this on a larger quilt, lap or larger? Would you work in sections, one corner and work up and out, or..just work at random until you bump into another flower?

The Crabapple Blossom

In the tutorial, the largest flowers are about 2 inches.

In a large quilt, I would either increase the size of the flowers dramatically–six inches or larger OR I would just stitch more of them…depending on the scale of the other quilting in the quilt.  This motif is particularly nice for both large and small because it has a lot of detail.  You can also add more “oomph” to the motif by echo stitching the entire flower.

I would work in sections–that’s the only way on a domestic sewing machine–and generally, I would work from the center out.

Usually I stitch for awhile, then take the quilt out of the machine and lay it on the floor to see how it looks.  I would re-position the quilt and then begin quilting the next section from the center out–smoothing outward as I go.   By removing and looking occasionally, you can make adjustments to your quilting and it gives one a sense of satisfaction that some progress is being made.

I hope that helps…please chime in with YOUR advice and YOUR questions!

QUILT MARKET FASHION

A few of you wondered about clothing construction at Quilt Market 2015.

I was surprised by how many booths included garment sewing…but then again, it seems quite natural that clothing designs would spring from the gorgeous quilt fabrics!

So here we have our our “Quilt Market Fashion Show-2015”

NOTE-I’ve added all the information I have about each fabric line.  If YOU have more information, please add it to the comments and I will amend the posts.

Quilt Market 2015 - Fashion

Cotton and Steel

Cotton + Steel

Quilt Market 2015

Cotton and Steel

 

Quilt Market 2015

Cotton and Steel

 

Crababpple Free Motion Quilting

Crababpple Free Motion Quilting

 

 

Quilt Market 2015

Windham Fabrics

Windham Fabrics

Quilt Market 2015

Windham Fabrics

Quilt Market 2015

 

Echino Prints

Quilt Market 2015

Ella Blue Fabrics

Ella Blue Fabrics

Quilt Market 2015

Ella Blue Fabrics

 

Quilt Market 2015

 

 

Do YOU have any questions, comments, answers?  We’d Love to hear!

Lori

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11 thoughts on “Open Line Friday: FMQ and Quilt Market

  1. I do have a question. A friend told me that she was told at a quilt shop not to use quilting cottons for a baby’s crib sheet due to the dyes in them being toxic. Is that true? I’ve looked online and haven’t been able to find anything to substantiate that. If it is true, how are those different from regular cotton prints, or maybe they aren’t any different???

    • I’ve never heard anything like that before in the quilting community. However, I would definitely want to wash anything made from fabric before use by infants and children.

    • I don’t know about the toxicity of dyes in quilting cottons, but i just brought home several bolts of Cloud 9 cotton to try. It is completely organic and grown and made in the USA. My first project is a baby quilt that i will wash in hot water several times to see if there is unacceptable shrinkage or bleeding or color loss. The fabrics I’ve seem from this company are solids, similar to Kona Cotton. I’m excited to see how the quilt up!

      • A good product to use is Shout Color Catchers when you wash different colored fabrics. They are amazing and will catch and colored fabrics that bleed. I even use them when doing ordinary washing if I think a piece of clothing might bleed.

  2. This question is addressed to any of your long-arm readers: Any tips for using the Crabapple Blossom when quilting with a longarm. Specifically, would you just meander all over, or do you divide the available space in some way and fill. Do you try not to stop your line of stitching until it’s time to roll?

    • For me, it depends on the quilt…does it (or the owner, lol) want all-over or custom? For an all-over design, I work left to right across the quilt. Custom designs more readily follow the blocks or negative space in the design.

    • On the other hand, I will quilt an all-over design, going back and forth – left to right, roll and baste sides (after measuring from the center to keep the quilt straight and even), then quilt back right to left, repeat. I don’t do too many all-over designs, preferring to do custom work and sometimes it means doing larger or on-point blocks, either half at a time or by rolling back for forth, depending on the design. I don’t have a problem with tying and burying lots of knots to get my quilting the way I want it!

  3. Thank you so much for answering my question and using it for your open line Friday discussion! Your thoughts help tremendously. I will definitely follow your recommendations. Hopefully I will be able to reduce my reliance on blue markers, saving both time and money! Win/Win!!!
    Thank you for sharing so much of your time and talent!

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