2012 Free Motion Quilting Challenge

Happy New Year! I've got Christmas put away and am back at the sewing machine... One of my most favorite places to be!

I've nearly completed a new wall hanging, and decided to use the free motion background stitching as outlined on SewCalGal's Free Motion Quilting Challenge. Each month something new is taught for all of us to practice and use... AND, it's FREE! How cool is that? Go on over there and register to be a part of it. Fun!

So, this month's instruction is taught by Francis Moore. The lesson is how to do a simple heart shaped leaf on meandering vines. I used that instruction for my latest Great Blue Heron piece.

I used the meandering vine down the center red strip of fabric with a crimson metallic thread, and off to the left in the beige/gold fabric using a variegated wheat/gold thread. As I evaluated my effort, I'm pleased with what I see.  The vine is an easy quilting pattern that I've never tried. I'll use it again and look forward to next month's lesson.

That's it for now... It's good to be back in the sewing room. I had to clean it before Christmas as it also doubles as a guest bedroom. My studio is clean and organized. I'm taking bets on how long it will stay that way! What a crack-up!

Keep stitchin' for the ones you love.
Hugs from Mary


  1. Lovely wall hanging ,I love blue Herons. Happy New Year!

  2. WOW, what a great quilt you have made - and a fun challenge to join in to :-)


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