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Saturday, March 31, 2012

FMQ Challenge

There's nothing like waiting until the last minute, is there?  It gets the old adrenalin going and makes you feel like a million dollars ... if it works out well.  If it doesn't, well, maybe next time it'll work out better.

That's me this month.  I confess.  I've done lots of FMQ this month, but not much in the way of background or fillers.  So, at the 11th hour I made this little sample of some fillers I commonly use along with some I have wanted to try. 

For the grids and straight lines, I used some thick acrylic templates for the first time.  By the time I finished, I think I may have had the hang of them.  I tried some tiny feathers in there (can you see them?), but they look so much like pebbles I decided they were worthless that small.  Another new one I tried was the triangles.  I like that one.  Kinda fun, kinda funky.

All in all, a fun exercise.  And since the point of this was practice, practice, practice, I think I fulfilled that with the FMQ throughout the month and the sampler at the end.

I'll finish this little guy off and send him to AAQI with my other two.

And what else have I been FMQing?  Why the Princess Star quilt, of course.  Here's a pic of outlining the central motif.  I'm working on outlining the star right now, but my Juki is in the shop for timing as is my Brother.  That leaves me with the dreaded Janome.  It's behaving so far. 

Keep your fingers and toes crossed for me.



Raewyn said...

I like your filler sampler, Wendy. A fun idea and way to try out hose stitches.... sounds like its got an end use too! Your Princess Star is going to look great.

Michele Bilyeu said...

Your FMQ is lovely, Wendy! It will make a great little quilt. I used my batiks from you in my little quilt up at auction, tomorrow! Can see it on my last blog post. I love how it turned out..so bright and cheerful with those fabrics!

Joanne said...

You have some great fillers in there! Nice use of the variegated thread too.

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