Monday, March 14, 2016

2016 Free Motion Quilt Along - Part VI Echo, Pebbles, Loops, Swirls Oh My!

Greetings Fellow Quilters!
Welcome to Part VI of the
2016 Redbird Quilt Co.
Free Motion Quilt Along
using the whimsical 
Lewe's Balloons Growth Chart
by Susy Bleasby
for World of Susybee

If you're just joining us be sure to checkout the previously published
Free Motion Quilt Along Posts:

Introduction => here
Sponsors =>  here
Supplies =>  here
Part I Pieced Borders =>  here
Part II Pin Basting ==>  here
How to Quilt That =>  here
Part III Tools, Setup + Practice => here
Part IV Let's FMQ => here
Part V More FMQ => here

It's getting exciting... !!
We're inching up on completing the projects and submitting pictures that will make you eligible for some awesome products giveaways!

Thanks so much Aurifil for sharing your fantastic thread from one of my favorite designers! 
Images courtesy:

Also thanks goes out to the sweet team at Creekside Fabrics, Quilts and Yarns in Arcade, NY.

Thank you Sandy for:
Next up -- many thanks to the great folks at Quilter's Dream Batting

my favorite batting/waddling are providing two packages of batting:

Let's not forget a special thank you to 

for a Lewe Play Mat Quilt Kit!

And how about a warm thank you to the great ladies at Quilty Pleasures in Geneva, NY

Thanks Val and Roni for providing store credit!

Last, but certainly not least...  The World of Susybee is joining in the sponsorship fun!

Meet Lal the Lamb -- isn't she adorable?
Lal is a 36" panel that can be used as a floor play mat, turned into a pillow or just quilted and hung in the nursery.   
Oh I can't wait to quilt Lal!

Thank you Susy and World of Susybee!

See the original
Sponsor and Giveaway post  => here

OK -- Now lets move on to our lesson for this week.

We're quilting 3 more balloons using motifs that we've already learned.
Echo, Pebbles, Loops & Swirls - Oh My!

This week there is only 1 video lesson -- sort of a Recap of the motifs we've already learned.  You can watch the video by clicking the image below.

Note:  Be sure that you've watched the other videos before jumping into this one.
You can see the complete 2016 QAL Video Playlist at this link.

Here are a "few" still images from this weeks quilting:

Before the Star Balloon was quilted...
Before the Pebble Balloon was quilted...
Before the Ewe and the Polka Dot Balloon were quilted...
I started with quilting FMQ stars INSIDE 
the marked star -- Aurifil 50Wt thread
color #2024 White - Top and Bobbin

I utilized the "Jump" method to move from one star to the next.
We learned that method in an earlier lesson.
Once the 3 stars were quilted I was
positioned next to the Pebble Balloon... 
That's convenient!
Quilt around the perimeter of the balloon
before moving inside.
OK - now lets quilt some pebbles...  
We learned pebbles in this video
Just repeat what you already learned but vary the sizes of the pebbles
to give texture and dimension
When using Aurifil 50Wt thread you can backtrack or "sneak around"
 on a previously stitched line
without worrying about thread buildup.
Ahhh - isn't it a pretty sight!!
Lock off your stitches when you're done with the pebbles and
lets switch top and bobbin colors to
one of Aurifil #2140 Mustard
or Aurifil #4150 Creme Brule' Variegated
Stitch the perimeter of the Polka Dot balloon before jumping inside.
Now eyeball yourself a continuous
stitching path and quilt some pretty
loops inside the balloon all around those dots.
The video explains this much better! 
I used the Creme Brule Variegated thread -- you can see how the color changes through the balloon -- so pretty!!
Yay!! Our Balloons are Quilted!!  
Sew Fun!
 Moving on to the little Ewe
at the top of the panel....
I switched thread again-- 
back to Aurifil #2600 Dove
50Wt thread in the top and the bobbin
 It was sew fun to quilt the little wooly curls on this Ewe.
I stitched the perimeter, backtracked bunches and worked my way inside to quilt all those beautiful curls...
Again Aurifil 50Wt thread to the rescue, allowing us to backtrack
without buildup -- I love that !
Oh my goodness... don't you just love the texture?
More yummy texture!
We're making great progress...

How is your Growth Chart coming along?
Feel free to send me an email with a picture or share a picture on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter -- just use the #2016redbirdquiltcofmqal hashtag and I'll find YOU!

Questions, concerns ? 
Please share them with me.

Next lesson we'll be quilting the landscape at the bottom of the panel and doing a little quilting on the background fabric.

After that, the borders and we're done with our FMQ!


Stay tuned this week for another FMQ Project share that will have its own Giveaway!
We can't let National Quilting Day (March 19th) get by without it!

Be sure to follow me on Social Media so you don't miss out on upcoming shares, sales and celebrations... 
You can see my available patterns on Craftsy
and see a wealth of tutorials on My Tutorials
Also - be sure to join the Free Motion Quilting Frenzy group on Facebook 
amazing inspiration and technique is shared there! 
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  1. Karen...this is a wonderful tutorial!

  2. Thank you for the great tuition, I do not have the same quilt, its Elsa from Frozen and your tuition helped such a lot as I was stuck on how to do it!