Friday, August 23, 2013

No Stitch Regulator - More FMQ for a Friday Finish

Y'all are probably getting tired of my Growth Chart posts - but my sister needed one more chart quilted and its great practice for me so thanks (heart) for your patience!


This chart is for Caylee Felt - my youngest nephews, youngest daughter... 
Caylee is a sweet 'lil peanut.  


I decided to do all over loops with some swirl designs in the lighter spaces... 


I did a bit more quilting on the birds this time.  I love how the yellow bird came out!


The red bird had a little less quilting:


A close up of the red bird


And just a little finishing touch on the inner border... 
I quilted "Caylee"with a heart on either side all the way around the border... It was fun!


I used my Janome Horizon for all of the quilting with Aurifil thread.  
My sister Janet had the whole piece basted with cotton batting and backing when she dropped it off to me.  

No stitch regulator on this machine... So lots of fits and starts... 

Do you FMQ with a machine that is stitch regulated?
Do you have a preference or find that it makes a big difference?  
Anxious to learn more.

Thanks for stopping by today and have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs,
Karen

Ps. Janet is finishing up the binding this morning - I'll add a completed picture soon...

10 comments:

  1. Loved, Loved you quilting. This is so adorable and so is bunny Caylee! :D :D

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    1. Awe thanks Billie... I enjoy learning from each new piece I quilt. Sew much fabric, sew little time! Isn't Caylee beautiful? A little sweetie! Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Those are the cutest birds and the quilting is fantastic. No, I don't have a stitch regulator - mine is all done free motion. My biggest problem is tension - my machine seems to need a different tension for each different thread I use. It's a frustrating bit. I may just get a new machine to see if that solves the problem - I've been eyeing the Janome Horizon for two years now. Thanks for sharing and linking to Hexie Friday - love your eye candy.

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    1. Thanks Angie! I'm with you on issues with tension. When I find a thread that works I try to stick with it. My Aurifil is working out great right now. I'm using it for the top and bobbin. I don't hesitate to adjust my top thread tension wildly on my sample pieces or on the edge of the real piece before quilting the real deal. I have yet to need to adjust my bobbin holder but I've decided if I do that I will buy a separate one just for that purpose as to not mess up my piecing setup. I also find that if I slow down my quilting, especially on curves and swirls, that I'm more likely to avoid tension issues with my bobbin thread.

      I love my Janome for FMQ and I still own a Bernina 230 I can use for piecing if I need to. Be sure to shop around for your Horizon... I got a great deal on leap day and got mine at 29% off at my LQS (patchworkangels.com).

      Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the kind words!
      Karen

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  3. your quilting is wonderful and this chart is so cute!

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    1. Thank you Wendy... My quilting is always a work in progress but I do enjoy learning and growing with each piece. I appreciate your kind words! Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. That growth chart is TOOOOO cute!!!

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    1. Thanks Wendy! I have such fun sewing these growth charts by Susybee!

      There are many to choose from and panels are my friend ;) You can see different charts in these posts...

      http://karensquiltscrowscardinals.blogspot.com/2013/01/fmq-red-bird-another-giraffe.html.

      And

      http://karensquiltscrowscardinals.blogspot.com/2013/07/red-bird-growth-chart-for-gramma-house.html

      Cute cute!

      I love finding new quilting designs to do each one and what great practice for my FMQ.

      Thanks for stopping by,
      Karen

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  5. I love your work. and your quilting. these canaries are soo cute. I hear them talking....claudia

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    1. Chirp, Chirp! I love them too Claudia and they are sew much fun to quilt! They are great inexpensive and quick tools to practice FMQ - which is why I always volunteer to do the quilting on them! Thanks for stopping by and for your kind words! Karen

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