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Free Motion Quilting Challenge - January 2012

I decided to join Sew Cal Gal's Free Motion Quilting challenge.  I love to machine quilt but have always had a problem with background or all over design challenges.  I can do pretty good with stencils and I am fairly good at feathers, but all over designs stump me.  I have a problem keeping the designs consistent in size and look so I thought this challenge would help.  She (Sew Cal Gal) suggested some tops to make to keep all the samples in the same place and because I normally make things  little more difficult, I decided to make a different top.  I wanted to use my neon threads against black and designed this top for the monthly challenge.
My dog Walter who instinctively knows when a quilt hits the ground.
Here's my January sample piece.
I didn't do too bad.  I went slow and tried not to get myself locked in a corner but I did a few times.  Anyway I practiced on paper and you saw my Valentine quilt I made for Anna where I tried to make this design to look like a heart.  Practice practice, practice.  That's what we have to do.

Thanks for looking.


  1. Awesome job with the heart leaves.

  2. Your sampler quilt top is gorgeous! Your leaves look wonderful. I think you did an excellent job filling the space evenly.

  3. Barbara - You do such beautiful work and I want to thank you for your generosity in sharing it with us.



  4. You look great. Beautiful and interesting the quilted. Greeting from Hungary!

  5. Wow! I love what you did with your sample squares. Your leaves are awesome.

  6. I just saw you on facebook when I joined the FMQ group. This is quite a striking quilt and you did super job on the FMQ leaves!!

  7. Very nice and all your quilting will look so neat on the quilt. Fun!
    thanks so much for stopping by my blog and checking out my quilting. I am excited about it.

  8. Barb this is shut up and quilt! Great job.

  9. Great job on your leaves! Your quilt is perfect for this challenge. The neon threads are easy to see on the black fabric.

  10. Love your sampler idea. You did great covering the area with leaves, Should be a fun quilt when it is done.


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