Friday, 14 October 2011

FMQ-athon!

Sewing didn't happen on Thursday so my FMQ Friday happened on Friday!  My friend came over to sew with me but ended up doing Psychology revision..and I got going with FMQ Drop Art!

Was it the company?  The lunch?  The pattern?  What was it? ...don't know but I got into a happy place, embraced drop art and started enjoying it!  I did notice the tension was decidedly off but didn't worry about it and practiced shapes, control, speeding up and slowing down - trying to match my hand to foot speed.

I think having done the FM applique helps me so - no more beating about the bush...


 First attempt




Second Attempt - front


and back...



Third attempt - front



and back...


Then I thought why not try the next pattern - loved that one too though mine looks like a slate roof rather than a splashback...

Front


and back - the thread got loose from the tension guide - hence the bird nest soup in the corner, but apart from that not too bad I thought!


Then I got all Christmassy and started to doodle my own pattern.....houses and wonky Christmas trees with clouds in between!

Front 


and back....


Lastly a little suburban number with houses, a tree, clouds and a sun!




The main differences between this week and last week - afternoon sewing, in good light, relaxed and I understood what I was trying to do!  Beginning to get there I think...but quilting one little strip is a million miles from doing a whole quilt.  Although I could do it Quilt as you go style I suppose!

Much happier about this week....before I started and with the result - relaxing for me is the key!


Linking up to Cindy's FMQ Friday!




20 comments:

  1. Love all your practices but especialy love the trees and the house and clouds! It's just like drawing with your sewing machine isn't it? xx

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  2. Wow, they're amazing!! You're so good at this!

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  3. Oh my gosh, you got the bug! doing really well!

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  4. Bloody hell woman!! Trees and clouds! I give up now!

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  5. Holy Crap!!! From a beginner to houses, trees...whole landscapes?! In two weeks? Incredible!

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  6. OMG Nicky, now you are just showing off! Its not a competition you know ;-)
    If it was, you'd be winning (no offence to other fmq'ers!)

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  7. Well look at you! Excellent work! Drops look fab, as do the trees/houses...I'm dreading next week's grid looking thing, but you've made it look easy!

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  8. Your drops are perfect, and don't get me strarted on the grand master stuff going on after that...brilliant!

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  9. You've done lots of beautiful fmq :)

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  10. Super impressed by your work this week - especially the rain drops and your landscape. Clearly relaxed is the way to go!

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  11. Wow, u really dug in and got a lot done! Love your improv design! Definitely try qayg, I'm doing it right now on my summer sampler series quilt and I'm really digging how it's working out so far!

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  12. Wow! Great Job! This is so much fun to see how everyone is doing, can't wait to see how fast we all improve!

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  13. Well done SS. All that practice and playing is paying off. Keep up the good work. I have heard it said that a glass of wine helps with the relaxation - both FMQ and wine could be addictive though.

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  14. OMG look at you go! I'm in awe - I was looking at your drop art thinking I should definitely give mine a 2nd go and then I saw the rest. Flippin' fantastic!

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  15. Wow - I'm impressed with your progress - extreme FMQ!

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  16. AMAZING!! Nicky you rock at this :) I adore those houses! Truly you now have to fmq everything!!

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  17. Love, love, love the trees and house! You are a natural and I can see that you will be doing all sorts of wonderful things in the future!

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  18. I am so happy for you! Look at your massive break through - drops that look like drops, slates that are actual squares and honest to goodness FMQ-ing scenes! You rock.

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  19. Well, you really got the bit between your teeth! It all looks fantastic. Congrats.

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  20. Hi Nicky,

    just found out you have a blog too. Shame on me! And you do such nice things. I came along these FM-lessons earlier this day. Your drops and trees look cute. I have to try this too.
    Best wishes
    Susanne

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