First up, Cracker
The tutorial to make this block is here if you're interested
Next, I turned my attention to the preschool quilts, and added some flowers to the tree quilts at my daughter's insistence. The news that I was only planning to put flowers on the Kindergarten quilt was not well-received to put it mildly! No photos yet...still in progress.
To help show the children the stages of a quilt's construction, I will bring a new WIP with me to show them: some placemats I'm making my Mom for Christmas. One's pieced:
...and one's quilted.
Speaking of quilting, check out what ELSE I got up to:
My lovely fellow VMQG member Janet does exquisite feathers in her quilting (among other exquisite designs - please check out her blog and Flickr!), and I asked her to give me a lesson while we were on retreat together. She gave me a few pointers, a couple of quilt sandwiches and I got to work. I have conquered my feather insecurity! I know they're not perfect, but I was so so pleased with my progress in such a short time that I'm completely determined to keep practicing so I can get better. Thank you, Janet!
Hooray for lovely day retreats, and my lovely husband, who wrangled The Child all day while I was quilting away.
I love the cracker scraps block! I have bookmarked it for future reference. And your FMQ is lovely! I have never tried it so am in awe of everyone's work!ReplyDelete
What a fun day! Your quilting looks great!ReplyDelete
Love those placemats! I still plan on doing those cracker scraps at some point :)ReplyDelete
The feathers look amazing! Really great, can't wait to see them on a quilt!
Your feathers look great! How nice to have such talented friend who share their skills. I am glad you enjoyed your day away!ReplyDelete
I love the feather quilting!ReplyDelete
I'm going to have to try those Cracker scraps blocks - so cute! You are such a natural with the FMQ - I'm glad you dove right in and got over those fears! Love your bounce-backs!ReplyDelete
It was great to be your neighbor at the retreat! Things were looking awesome! xoReplyDelete
you got tons done! I just love the school quilts - you've got great design ideas Felicity. I look forward to more retreating avec toi soon!ReplyDelete
Wow, you were so productive! I always seem to talk more than I sew at retreats. Your feathers are wonderful. And I agree, Janet is an amazing quilter - I'm lucky enough to have one of her doll quilts hanging on my wall.ReplyDelete
That's awesome that you felt great and productive all day! Looks like you had lots of success - those feathers are fabulous! Janet is certainly a pro and it's great that she gave you some pointers. Isn't that what a quilt guild is all about? :)ReplyDelete
A bit jealous of your retreats. I wish we had those over here! Anyway GREAT fmq. Those feathers are fab!ReplyDelete
I am loving your bee block! I didn't notice the repeat fabric right off. I had to look for it. You did awesome on your feathers, too!ReplyDelete
Holy smokes, check out your feathers! They look so awesome!ReplyDelete
Wow! You are a free motion rock star!! I totally want to branch out with FM.ReplyDelete
Sounds like you had a great retreat :)
Your FMQ is awesome! I love that feathery design!ReplyDelete
Did you receive your crown yet? I have been wondering???
Woah look at those feathers! What skill. ! : ) p.s. Just a reminder that tomorrow is WIP Wednesday link up for Canucks! http://needleandthreadnetwork.blogspot.comReplyDelete
Hope to see you there!