Sunday, February 12, 2012

February FMQ Challenge

Well here it is almost the middle of the month, time to get at my challenge piece for the fmq challenge. I have a link on my side bar sew that you can see what it is all about and join in on the fun of learning.

This month was feathers taught be Diane Gaudynski,   I have admired her stitching for a few years now. I first saw her on Simply Quilts on HGTV with Alex Anderson. I could not get over the detail she can get in her quits with the stitching.... something to strive for.
Sew here is my attempt at this months challenge.

I will practice  feathers often I do like the look and how they fill a space. I do like to add curls and swrils to them.

I have been practicing my fm quilting on my challenge piece called Jewels of the night. I am about 2/3's done, depending on how much I quilt in each border. I have ideas of what I would like to quilt sew I will draw them out to see how I like it and how it will flow.
I have used a technique that I learned from Leah Day over at the Free Motion Quilting Project on using a self threading needle to bury thread tails. Check  her site she has a video to show you how she uses the needles. I have found that when using  rayon thread if you twist it with the cotton before you thread the needle it dose not shred on you.

I will be having my 1 yr anniversary  blogging this week. If you like check out the give away I am hosting.
Thanks for stopping by
in stitches


  1. Your feathers are just beautiful , I guess I better at least try these although they do. Intimidate me . I'll have to check out Leah as well. Hugs Sheila

  2. you are doing very good Annette,well done.xx

  3. Wow!! your feathers are beautiful.I will never get to that...

  4. Your feathers really are awesome! I like how you incorporated the heart!!

  5. Beautifully done - I love your little creative touches with the swirly's.
    Pat in Oregon

  6. the feathers look great.... they are my big challenge at the moment!

  7. Hello Annette, I am your newest follower. I really like your feathers. Well done. Carolyn SA

  8. And as my very special friend, I KNOW you do simply beautiful work. Always a pleasure to look at all your projects. Carol

  9. Oh, gosh - love your samples. Now that I've looked at a few, I'm embarrassed with mine, but it's honest to where I am now. Congrats on your 1 yr anniversary!