Monday, October 22, 2012

Christmas QAYG progress

Hello, and Welcome back!
I have a few pictures to share with you guys. Friday night and Saturday afternoon I had time to  sit down and start the Free Motion Quilting I wanted to do on some of the Christmas blocks. I even got out my walking foot and put it to use in a real quilt for the first time. If you're following my blog you read my post about my problems with the walking foot. Thankfully I don't have that problem anymore! It included to order a brand new walking foot through  When that arrived I could compare it to my original Singer walking foot and noticed that the plate itself that pushes the fabric down was missing from mine. No wonder why I couldn't get the stitches working. DUH! So now I have and extra walking foot :)
I got all excited and decided to quilt one of my blocks on my Christmas Quilt with straight lines. I can't remember if I mentioned it at the FAL blog post, but this quilt is partially made with block swap blocks from back in 2007. It mostly includes my blocks, but there were a few that were close to the size I needed (and we agreed on) so I decided to use those. Someone made a very pretty star block in which the fabrics I love and left the background just blank white which called for the straight line quilting I longed for. I think it looks really pretty now! I had to put a frame around the blocks to be able to size them up to be uniform.

Let me just say it while I was working on this block I was in loooooove! With my walking foot of course! Now I can't wait to make a quilt with just straight line quilting.

The next block I pieced myself because I love pine trees. A lot! :)

On this block I was going to practice the swirls I really like from Angela Walters' Craftsy class. Well, I still need a LOT of practice for sure! It's a lot more easier to just draw it on paper.

Close-up of the background quilting:

And the final one that was also pieced by  me:

With this block I was practicing pebbles for the first time. Not-so-perfect, but I can live with it :) It's kind of stiff right now, but I'm hoping it will get softer once the quilt is together and I can wash the whole thing. I love this look because it reminds me of snow falling. If you know me well, you know how much I LOVE snow! :)

Here's a close-up of the pebble quilting:

That's all I have for today, I'm hoping my Amy  Butler Weekender bag pattern will arrive shortly so I could start that project too! Like I need more projects to work on, LOL!

'Til we blog again! :)


  1. Nice quilting! Have you thought of changing thread colors to change up the look?

  2. Wow,I am in love too! With your finished blocks and also your quilting Kati :) Excellent job on both the straight line and the free motion quilting!

  3. So glad you've got the new walking foot and enjoyed using it. I've just bought the Angela Walters fmq book but not had a chance to play around yet but I was so inspired by her quilting on Tula Pink's quilts. All your work's looking fab - is this quilt a 'quilt as you go'? I've not tried that method yet but I'm very keen to do a class, hopefully in City Quilter's Spring schedule. I've not bought everything for the Amy Butler bag yet - life took over at the end of the week and I've had to postpone, looking forward to seeing how you go on - what fabric did you choose?

    1. I've just worked my way down your posts in reverse date order and got the answers to all my questions - must remember to start at the bottom next time and work my way forward to the present!

  4. Love your blocks! Great way to practice FMQ. I have Angela's book too and it has so many good examples.


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