Tuesday, January 8, 2013

FMQ - Red Bird and Another Giraffe!

I had fun quilting two more SuzyBee Growth Charts recently.

The "Bird Chart" (below) was finished in November -- and was a gift for our great niece for her 1st Birthday!   She just loved it -- it was so much fun to quilt.

It is by far my favorite of the three Suzybee Charts!  I wonder why ??

You can see the others that I quilted here==> Mary had a Little Lamb and here==> Giraffe for Eric

For the Bird Chart I did not have coordinating fabric -- so I pulled the border and binding from my stash -- and it worked out fine !


I decided to minimize the quilting on the birds themselves. 

With all the pretty circles in the fabric -- I couldn't resist but to quilt circles for the background!

I'm in the hang of making ground for the birds & giraffes.. it's fun!

Finished Chart !!

Here is the 2nd Giraffe Chart that I've quilted.  Thank goodness Christmas with our kids and grandkids was delayed until Dec 30th -- it gave me time to finish a few projects!

This one was for our Grandson Zachary -- when I held him up to it - he just kept petting the giraffe face... so cute !  

This giraffe went much faster than the first one I quilted for my sister to give to her Grandson Eric.

Can you tell I love to do echo quilting ?  I struggle with leaving the rest of the background unquilted.

I did much less quilting of the body this time - I think the little stipple worked out fine ?  Do you ?
So what do you think ?   I still consider my self new to this....
I'm always looking for opinions -- would you have quilted more of the background?
Made different choices ?

**Updated Jan 2016 *** We're having a *free* 2016 Free Motion Quilt Along using another Susybee panel.  Click the image below for more details and to join in the fun!





Feedback is always welcome & appreciated.
Fresh Poppy Design

Linking up to Fabric Tuesday by Quilt Story!


And Connie's Linky Party Tuesday !!


Late link-up to The Free Motion Quilting Projects' FMQ Friday -- Check out the great projects by clicking on the link on my sidebar !!

Hugs,
Karen

36 comments:

  1. These are all soooooo cute and adorable. Excellent work!!!

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  2. I love these! Did you design them? I have to say the birds are my favorite!

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    1. Thanks Vicki! They are actually panels designed by Susybee! My sister found them at a LQS and when they sold out there we found them online at Melinda's Fabric Shop. They sure are a cost effective gift -- if you can do your own FMQ. I LOVE the Bird panel too! Thanks again!

      Karen

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  3. These are totally awesome! So detailed! Wonderful!

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  4. I love your charts. I think you quilted them perfectly.

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  5. Your charts are beautiful and your quilting is really striking! Thanks for sharing.
    Freemotion by the River Linky Party Tuesday

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  6. Thanks ladies -- they are so much fun! Thanks for the nice comments on the quilting too... I just never know when to stop or if I should keep going -- your feedback is appreciated!

    Hugs,
    Karen

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  7. These are absolutely adorable - and what fun to have!

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  8. What incredible work. They are way too cute.

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  9. These are delightful! I like your quilting on, particularly the butterfly echoes. Yes, I agree with you that the stippling in the giraffe looks great.

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  10. The charts are just adorable. I especially love the kind of quilting you did on them. It was obvious you thought them out. I think my favorite is the quilting around the butterflies which make it look like they are really flying and the air is moving around them.

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  11. I had to come see these birds! So easy to spot in the WIP Wed line-up! GORGEOUS quilting. It really makes something that is already beautiful, spectacular!!!

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  12. I think your quilting is fabulous. It perfectly compliments the design of the pieces.

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  13. just beautiful! I love the birds growth chart - too cute! and very nice giraffe, too. Your quilting is beautiful!

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  14. I really like the circles quilted into the background of your birds, not to mention the darling expressions the two birds have.

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  15. Wow! Those are so cute and amazing!

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  16. Really cute and your quilting is lovely!

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  17. Very cute. I haven't seen these growth charts before (I sometimes live under a rock!). I think you're doing a great job with your quilting.

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  18. Gorgeous! Love all those circles in the bird chart.

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  19. They look great to me...very nice..

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  20. Love your quilting! Really fun!

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  21. The pebbles and echoing look great. I would add more quilting in the giraffe one with a very small pattern like microstippling or pebbling. That will make it evenly quilted and won't take away from the echoes :-)

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    1. Great idea Christa... Next round I'll give it a go? Fun fun.... Thanks for stopping by.

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  22. I love the birds and the giraffe. Because you quilted so much on the background and not so much on the birds, it made the birds more dimensional which is good. If everything is quilted the same amount nothing stands out. It all depends on what effect you are trying to achieve. Great job!

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    1. Thanks Autumn... They were sew much fun to quilt. I finished another one this week for my sisters youngest granddaughter... Love to quilt! Thanks for stopping by.

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  23. Awesome quilting. I hope you are enjoying the lake this summer!I love the picture at the top of your blog.

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    1. Thanks Pat! We are having a blast this summer. How about this weather ? Will you be at the quilt show Saturday? We should hook up... The blog header is from East Lake Road in front of our cottage ... Looking South toward the bluff ... Love this lake!

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  24. Okay these are so stinking cute Karen!! I like the fluffy blue that was created by not quilting it all over. I really love the dots in the birds. Awesome!!

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  25. Wow! Your quitling makes these quilts extra special!

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Thank you for your Sweet comments!