Monday, October 22, 2018

It’s a Wrap!

One more finish!
It was so much fun to FMQ,
I was sorry when it was finished,
and couldn't wait to get the next flimsy under the needle.

A free pattern at RJR by Wendy Sheppard

Measuring 56 x 74", my version is a little smaller than the original,
because I was using left over Free Spirit solids,
and ran out of pieces large enough to grow it any bigger.

Wendy's was quilted with swirls, but when I practiced them
on a smaller quilt, they were pure torture.
The smaller practice quilt looked great when completed,
but I am much happier with a more custom quilted look.
And it was a lot more fun to do!

FMQ turns a flimsy into a beautiful quilt,
but when I was reading a few blog posts this morning,  
I was struck by this photo found at Luna Lovequilts,
and my first thought was
that you don't need fancy FMQ 
to make a beautiful quilt!

It may be October, but trust me, Christmas is just around the corner.  
If you need unique little gifts for any of your Quilty friends, 
Crafty Daughter still has retractable scissor keeps in her little Etsy shop.

For me, using a retractable scissor keep is such a convenience.

I don't think I could operate effectively without mine.
No more wandering around the house, wondering where did I set my scissors last.

It especially keeps them off the floor when I am free motion quilting
because there is no room for anything else but the quilt.
And it takes up a lot of space!

She has a variety of designs other than scissors.
Mine is a colorful dog print.
There are only 3 scissor designs left,
but I have it on good authority that she can make more.

And, although no longer listed,
it probably wouldn't take much to encourage Crafty Daughter
to make you a decal or two.

Here is one she made me,
on a Dollar Store cup
and what lovely meaningful, yet inexpensive, gifts
you could make!
Just visit her Etsy shop and send her a quick convo!
Most ship for just the cost of a postage stamp.
She will even design a custom decal for you.

Speaking of custom,
I never showed you the cookies I made this summer
for a young friend's nautical wedding reception.

I hadn't made cookies in a couple of years,
so they were a fun challenge.
She only wanted 50, and at about 45, 
the anchors started looking good.


Karen said...

Talent to no end in your family! Fabulous FMQ, Karen, and those cookies...oh, my!! I remember the ones you so sweetly made me :)

sunny said...

Great quilting! I'm getting comfortable with my machine, and enjoying the process more and more. I've heard about your awesome cookies!!

Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts said...

Wow! I really like your quilt. The design and the colors you used make it look so happy! I love to see a quilt 'come to life' as its being quilted. And you're right, sometimes the simple designs are the best. Those cookies are perfect, and they look yummy!

Louise said...

Your version of Wendy's design is fabulous, Karen! I love the quilting, especially the "ghost orange peels" in the background cream. I'll bet the texture feels so wonderful on this gorgeous piece. Are you keeping this one? I would!

And as the boatswain in our little marine life, I'm tickled by your anchor cookies :)

julieQ said...

What a gorgeous quilt!! Your quilting makes it even more pretty!

Janice Holton said...

Your Starry Night quilt is beautiful! I really like the way you quilted it too. WHere did you learn how to make such beautiful cookies?? YUM!!

Home Sewn By Us said...

Hi Karen1 Wow, those anchor cookies look just fabulous. As does your recent finish in Starry Night. Your quilting looks wonderful - I especially love the orange peel design. It looks like you also did some dot-to-dot as well. I am actively trying to expand my FMQing skills, so I very much do appreciate for wonderful closeup picture. Really nice! ~smile~ Roseanne

Preeti said...

Absolutely gorgeous quilt. The colors just sing and dance in the sunshine. That little scissor thingy is the cutest. I have that fabric in my stash. It was a perfect choice. I think the cookies are too pretty to be eaten. yep, that is what I am telling myself. "Do not destroy a piece of art, Preeti. Appreciate it with your eyes."

Sondra said...

Your talents are amazing! The cookies are just as perfect as the Quilt. It is freezing here we had our first fire in the fp last night and this morning its still cold so I lit it up again. Would have loved that scissor keeper when I had my Upholster shop all those yrs of missing the snips...we used snips at the sewing machine.

Bernie Kringel said...

Hi Karen, You are so right - straight line quilting is gorgeous sometimes and, for me anyway, much easier to accomplish. Both work well though! Your daughter has a very crafty thing going on there! Hopefully the holiday season will keep her very busy!

Ioleen said...

Beautiful quilt 😍😍. I’m just enjoying my morning coffee and one of your anchor cookies would go very nicely right now. I’m already looking forward to my next visit East. We will need to spend a lot more time together. You, me and Linda, oh the trouble we three could get into. 😂😂😂

Nann said...

I like the "floating on the breeze" display for your wonderful finish!

Needled Mom said...

The quilting looks so pretty and adds so. Ugh to a quilt. Those nautical cookies look amazing too.

Frédérique - Quilting Patchwork Appliqué said...

Beautiful quilting!

Sheila said...

Such an incredibly talented person you are , the Quilt is gorgeous and those cookies turned out to perfection and I know from past taste tests they are yummy too ♥️ Your daughter is very talented as well ��

Lin said...

What a lovely quilt and I do like your quilting - far nicer than allover swirls or whatever although I have to say I do quite like the lines of quilting in your second picture. Those cakes look brilliant! xx

FlourishingPalms said...

I'm so impressed with your quilting, Karen! You've really become proficient at it. Your enjoyment of FMQing is coming through in what you're making. Love it! I agree though that you don't need to do fancy quilting to make a quilt look good. Actually, I had to learn that for myself! Too much quilting can ruin a quilt too, I think. Sure love the stuff in Kirsten's shop. I didn't know she makes decals. Are these the kind that peel on-peel off? So you can wash your coffee mug in the dishwasher? Would these decals stick to a plastic sewing machine? I have something in mind...

FlourishingPalms said...

P.S. Those cookies.... they look amazing! I'm trying to figure out how you made them so perfectly! They're absolutely wonderful. Bet they tasted as good as they looked. But I know first-hand what a blue mouth looks like after eating blue frosting!

Fiona said...

Love your quilt... yes, I think the quilting just adds to a quilt and so much can be done without FMQ. A good walking foot goes a long way. I have one of those scissor keeps too.... they are great and a necessity for me! Well done with those cookies, I don't think I would ever be patient enough to do all those so beautifully....

JanineMarie said...

Karen, your FMQ on this quilt is marvelous and fits the design so well. Did you even do the straight line parts FMQ? They are so—well, straight!! What is your secret? Those cookies are almost too pretty to eat. I have a scissors keeper, but I always forget to use it, with results exactly as you might expect.

Karen S said...

Lovely work on your quilt. The quilting has worked wonders and it looks great. Thanks for the link to the design.
And good luck to your daughter with her Etsy sales.

Christine B said...

What a beautiful quilt and I love the scissors keeper idea... just perfect! The cookies look fabulous too! You are so talented! Christine x

Kate @ Smiles From Kate said...

It's a lovely colourful quilt Karen and enhanced by your wonderful quilting, you just get better and better. Your daughter is very talented, I could definitely do with a scissor keeper. I wish my daughter enjoyed sewing, at the minute it is woodburning, before that making metal jewellery. Don't get me wrong she is very talented, but oh for a daughter who would quilt with me, I'm selfish like that :-)

Linda said...

Great job on Starry Night. I love quilts made with solids and this one is wonderful. Your quilting is amazing!
And those anchor cookies..OMG! how did you do that?

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

That's a great pattern, and your version is awesome. Well done with the quilting.

kiwikid said...

Beautiful quilt and the quulting is stunning. Your daughter sounds like a talented young woman.

Tish Stemple said...

Those cookies are too cute to eat...but I would have eaten them anyway :P I will have to pop over to Crafty Daughter's page. I'm thinking I need a new decal for the back of my vehicle and she might be just the girl to talk too. Your quilting on Starry Night Dance is just beautiful!!!

canuckquilter said...

Oooh! Love this quilt! I really like your custom quilting. I agree that fancy FMQ isn't always required, but I will add that "simple" deosn't mean less creative or time consuming! Plus, it takes skill to know what to quilt where, no matter how fancy or not your plan is. About those mouth-watering cookies: wow! How did you make those anchors look so sleek? I wobble when I try to pipe something that delicate.

Mama Spark said...

You are so multi talented! Love the FMQ you did on your quilt! The cookies are amazing too. Everything you do is amazing!!

Vicki in MN said...

What a pretty quilt and a beautiful backdrop for a pic.

Barb said...

Oh my gosh, I loove loooove loooove it