Sunday, January 13, 2013

First 2013 Finish - New Red Bird FMQ

Whew -- Some of you may remember early in 2012 when I machine appliqued this piece - a variation of "Winter Holly" from Blackbird Designs "You're Invited" book.  You can click here to see the WIP post from 2012.

When 2013 arrived, Christmas Parties mostly over, no work for 7 more days (sorta), I put my mind to quilting this little devil.  

 Last year I had convinced myself to wait until my FMQ skills were perfect a little more honed - what I have realized is my expectations of my quilting skills are a moving target -- and this WIP needed to be classified as a Finish sooner rather than later.

A year ago I had completed the cutting, fusing, machine blanket stitch -- I had even prepared the batting and the backing... I just NEVER quilted it !!

All history now -- quilting done, binding done,  hanging sleeves on...  and it was all just in time for an "after Christmas" party in our home...

You can see around the bird that my tension was a bit "off"...  I promptly fixed that.

When I quilted it, I first used Aurifil Invisafil Invisible Thread to quilt around the applique (thanks Joanne Thread Head)!

I then switched to a 50wt Gutterman cotton thread on top and the bobbin for the remainder of the quilting. 

I did echo quilting with a little filler quilting here and there... and around the stars I quilted a subtle curve design.  I have a L-O-N-G way to go before I can jump into FMQ with confidence.

I consider it practice - and I love to Free Motion Quilt - so any finish is a step in the right direction.   Each day I learn more and more about my Janome Horizon -- and I get more comfortable with picking up a quilt and working on it ; )

I used the "Fast Finish Triangle" Sleeve that I learned about from the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative

They go on so quick and easy -- and there is no hand stitching required.

I'm happy to report this first 2013 finish !

Thanks for stopping by. 


Linking up to Angie's Applique Thursday (on Saturday)


  1. It's absolutely gorgeous - love it! Now are you sure it is Aurifil Invisifil - Invisifil is a Wonderful product - just curious. Thanks for linking up to Applique Thursday!

    1. Angie - I just pulled the thread from the rack and YOU ARE RIGHT!.... It is Auriful "Invisible Thread" 100% Nylon Clear! I will update the blog right away! I sure had myself convinced that InvisaFil was an Aurifil product -- shame on me. Now I'll have to put Invisafil on my "try it out" list ;) Thanks for catching this... Hugs... Karen

  2. Excellent, gorgeous, stunning....that's it....grin.

  3. Really beautiful. I've always been sad that we don't have Cardinals here on the West coast!

  4. That is so gorgeous!!! The quilting is "spot on"!!!! Don't wait too long to quilt another project....confidence really grows the more you are able to do!! You are definitely "in the groove"!!!! Hugs, Doreen

  5. Oh so beautiful!! I just love it!

  6. This is so beautiful and your FMQing looks perfect to me! Thanks for sharing.
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  7. What a gorgeous finish!!! I think the quilting looks beautiful!!

  8. I wish we had cardinals in the Pacific NW...i don't even think i've ever seen one! Love your your quilting on it! It's wonderful!

  9. Fantastic finish. Wonderful quilting.
    Liebe Grüße Grit from Germany

  10. It was quilted beautifully! I can't wait to see what you do next :)

  11. Your quilting on this piece is gorgeous!

  12. This is so beautiful! It look so difficult! (I'm not a quilter (yet))

  13. So beautiful! I would like to make this for a gift. Would you please share where I could get the pattern? Thanks for sharing your beautiful designs!