A Whirl of Swirls

My weekend, at least my sewing time this weekend, went by in a whirl of swirls! I decided that I was going to quilt my Lovely Year of Finishes June project with swirls. I’m doing them in all of the negative space, which for this particular quilt, means a whole lot of swirls.

When it comes to Free Motion Quilting I am just not ready yet to jump in and go, so I always bust out some practice muslin and batting and get going. You might recognize this practice piece because it has been used before, for my last FMQ project.

To learn how to swirl without beating my head against the wall, and really, why recreate the wheel, I headed on over to The Free Motion Quilting Project by Leah Day and watched one of her videos, then I was off and running. I am extra excited about FMQ these days because I just signed up for Leah Day’s Craftsy class, Free Motion Fillers, Vol. 1.  So far I have only completed lesson one, but I am excited to learn more about using my machine to quilt a large quilt and even more designs.

After I felt confident I went to town. Here is a pic of my quilt in the machine:

Here is a pic out of the machine. I now know what I am going to do with the rest of the areas. I will be starting with the white frames and doing Leah’s Design for Spiral Chain.

I am so excited to be not only making progress on my June goal, but also conquering another FMQ design. My goal is to work up the confidence to quilt a couple of my larger quilts on my home machine. Hopefully all this practice will help me meet that goal.

What has everyone else been up to? Conquered any sewing fears lately?

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13 Responses to A Whirl of Swirls

  1. Debbe says:

    You are doing a great job!

  2. Your FMQ looks wonderful! Good for you on making progress on two goals in one.

  3. tubakk says:

    What a great job you’ve been doing. This is really difficult. I’m working on a mini quilt, a challenge from Ellison Lane Quilts. All the blocks will be ready and blogged in an hour, I think.

  4. Looks beautiful! Way to go!

  5. Lisa L. says:

    Love those swirls! 🙂

  6. Susan says:

    Your swirls look terrific! I’m so impressed with all you are learning and doing. I’m not conquering anything these days except trying to learn to love the modern movement. =)

  7. Carrie P. says:

    WOW! Melissa, your fmq is awesome!

  8. Jacque (aka Snoodles) says:

    Kudos to you for trying a new skill! Great job!

  9. Bethany says:

    Your swirls look fantastic!

  10. Jeifner says:

    It looks great! Good job. I cut out a tote bag, have yet to sew it together but I cut it out. Totes are scary 🙂

  11. Kristy says:

    This is gorgeous!!! The fabrics, the stitching! Everything!!!

  12. Katy says:

    Lots of fun, love where it’s going so far 🙂

  13. Connie says:

    Your swirls look beautiful Melissa, great work!

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