MCM #55 – Free Motion Quilting is So Fun

Welcome to Main Crush Monday, the 55th edition. 🙂

My crush this week is on the Twelve Year Quilt. I have made so much progress and I’m so close to having a finish – I can hardly stand it! On top of that, I’m having so much fun in my sewing room.

Let me show you the border I’m working on today:

FMQ Feather Border

When I started quilting the blocks, I knew exactly how I wanted to quilt them. Not so much the sashing or the borders. So I spent a lot of time thinking about it while working away on the crosshatch.

Crosshatch FMQ

Let me tell you, I had a lot of time to think! There are twenty blocks in this quilt and I marked each one with a water soluble blue pen before quilting. Just to keep me kind of on track.

Anyway, back to the borders. I decided a piano key border would look okay in the outer border. I have done that design on several quilts and really like the way it looks. So I worked on that while still pondering what to do in the rust-colored border. Before I knew it I was finished with the piano keys and it was time to make a decision.

I have a wave ruler that I’ve wanted to use for a while, so I started with stitching a wavy line. Seriously, when I started I fully expected to pick it out. So imagine my surprise when I didn’t! Once I stitched the first line, I filled in the outer section of the border with dense back and forth lines. I also added a second wavy line that echoed the first.

Then I decided to just go for it and stitch some feathers. Many of you know that I have a love/hate relationship with feathers. I love them. I just don’t stitch them very well. But that’s only going to change by practicing them, right? Since this quilt is a keeper for me and hubby, and it’s my first pieced quilt ever, it seemed perfect to use it for practicing a design I love.

FMQ feather border

And….I think they turned out okay! There are definitely some funky looking ones, and a few places that aren’t great but overall I like them. If this was a quilt for someone else I would definitely have picked them out and stitched a few of them again. But since it’s for me – not happening! I’m going to keep them as a comparison to future feathers. You know, as a record of just how far I’ve come…

I still have to finish those borders and work on the sashing. Then it will be time to trim, bind and wash the blue out. When it’s finished, we can all do the happy dance. My hope is to get it done and take some pictures before the rain moves in this week. Wish me luck!

Now it’s time for you to share your crush – but before you do, here’s a look back at a couple of the link-ups from last week:

Miaisimine of Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer shared her beautiful pinwheel quilt. I love the colors she used – they are some of my favorites.

Photo by Miaisimine of Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

If you love to see beautiful stitching, then you’ll definitely want to check out Lena’s sunflower quilt. I’m showing a picture of her detailed quilting with variegated thread here, but be sure to visit her blog for more pictures. The quilting is fantastic.

Photo by Lena of Quilt Art by Olena Pugacheva


Gina of Quilts and Cakes shared her fun water-themed quilt, with lots of swimming fish. The quilt is to be auctioned off to raise money for a family in need. Her fabric choices and quilting designs are perfect for the theme of her quilt.

Photo by Gina of Quilts and Cakes

Okay, now it’s your turn to link up your crush! What has you excited to be in your sewing space this week? Remember, your crush can be anything quilting/sewing/fiber related – new fabric, new tools, new technique, or new project. You can link up any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic – here’s how:

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About Beth

I’m a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get “licking the spoon” mixed up with “licking the fabric”!!

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18 Responses to MCM #55 – Free Motion Quilting is So Fun

  1. Patricia says:

    First of all, thank you so much for featuring my Pinwheel Quilt! My mouth dropped open in surprise and then I laughed out loud! Thank you!

    Your quilt is lovely – the quilting is amazing and beautiful! Am so eager to see a picture of the entire quilt! 🙂

  2. anne beier says:

    Lovely work, Beth. I have been experimenting with variegated thread with embroidery.

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  4. Vicki in MN says:

    That feather border is looking good my friend! I can feel your excitement at getting this finished way over here in MN, LOL

  5. Jasmine says:

    I love my wave ruler, but I’ve never done close parallel lines like that. I think they look great! Love your feathers. I quilted feathers on a couple quilts I donated because then I didn’t have to look at them again. 😉

  6. Lisa says:

    I think those feathers look mighty good.

  7. Nann says:

    Your feathers turned out wonderfully well! The undulating line underneath the plume adds more interest than adding more feathers.

  8. Susan says:

    Excellent choice of quilting designs for this one Beth – well done!

  9. I agree with the others, the feathers and wavy lines are a great motif. Your quilting is so pretty Beth! This is coming along nicely. 🙂

  10. Bonnie in Va says:

    Your quilting on this quilt looks great. And, no doubt you know it, but when you put the quilt on a bed and don’t look at it as up close as you do when quilting it — it will look amazing. Love the quilts you highlighted this week too.

  11. What a fantastic crush for this week, Beth! I think that the back and forth lines on one side and the feathers on the other adds great dimension to that border. It seems like you are really close to a finish! 🙂

  12. Wow – they turned out fantastic!! and that border- amazing!!

  13. Your feathers look fantastic! Great job. There will always be a few that you don’t like, but no one will notice. The overall effect is what people see, so don’t be so hard on yourself.

  14. Tish says:

    Beth, I LOVE those feathers in the border! This quilt will be so glad you waited to finish it, because the quilting you are doing is pronominal! I just saw that the weather is calling for rain this morning, so I’m hoping I can sneak outside when I get home to take pictures of a finished top, that I shouldn’t have been piecing in the first place 🙂

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  16. Cindy says:

    I love your border the back and forth and feathers look great. I love feathers too and yes they were a pain to learn and I still have not so perfect ones but then I’m a person not a machine.

  17. Kate says:

    The border quilting looks great. What you did in the rust border makes a great frame for the blocks.

  18. quiltingmod says:

    Excellent choice for the border fill. The feathers look perfectly fine to me, and I bet overall you won’t notice the few you don’t like as much.

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