I have great news to share! January is almost through and I have finished my UFO, Color Palette Challenge, and my free motion quilting. I feel I have had a very productive month.
If you have checked my blog before I have been working on the Color Palette Challenge, and here it is finished, quilted and bound!
Thanks to everyone who commented on my earlier dilemma with the flying geese border. I love the decision I made, but I think any of them would have worked out fine.
I also gave you a sneak peek at the quilting. I would love to learn how to machine quilt, but I didn't think I could ever learn how to do it on my home machine. Once I started it was really fun, and fulfilling. Here are a few close-ups.
The center medallion was quilted around the applique, then echo quilted waves throughout the rest of the background with a matching thread.
It was so much easier than I thought it would be. I just took it slow and stopped when I wasn't sure where to go next. The overall quilting looks pretty good, but if I look close I can see some spots where I would improve.
In the corner blocks I decided to try a feather. I absolutely love quilted feathers! This was my attempt. It is kind of hard to see because of the background pattern but it's not too shabby. Again I found that if I just slowed down it was a lot easier.
The flying geese gave me a lot of grief. I tried quilting one side and didn't like it so I ended up ripping it out. I do not like unpicking quilting! It takes forever. I finally went with another echo in each center and nothing in the white part. The black borders I tried a half feather design. The border is 1 inch but I found it pretty easy to stay within the lines most of the time. Both were quilted with a burgundy thread that matched the darkest burgundy fabric in the quilt.
I am participating in the Free Motion Quilting Challenge and our design to practice quilting this month was leaves. I watched the videos and checked out some of the other participants but I just wasn't sure if the leaf pattern fit my quilt. I decided to go with an echoed leaf. It was a great learning experience for me. Sometimes it was hard to get all of the leaves to fit within each other and to keep the quilting even. But it was a lot of fun. Again it was quilted with the burgundy thread. (Please excuse the washed out picture)
The best part about this is I am able to enjoy it everyday! It feels so good to get something accomplished. I can't wait for February to see what I will be working on next. I already have big plans!
I will be linking up with Design Wall Monday with Judy, Sew CalGal Free Motion Quilting Challenge this week, and the Color Palette Challenge when it is available.