Last year Kaaren at The Painted Quilt
gave us Raggedy & Friends as a free BOM... (it is still there on her sidebar) (Kaaren is having a major health issue so if you go by wish her well while you are there)
Two friends were having a clean out of their Country fabrics and I new that was exactly what I wanted for my quilt. The quilt started and finished as a learning quilt.....
I have long admired redwork stitchery and started doing this BOM as a way of improving my backstitch and also learn to piece smaller blocks......and last week I practiced and practiced my Free Motion Quilting.....
Now there are loads of mistakes.... and I have learnt lots through this process..... but I love this quilt... it is soft and cuddly, warm and snuggly and it's staying at my house.....
There was enough fabric to piece the back
(I made the back in March - and stitched the date into it then)
finished with a scrappy binding using the same fabrics
I filled it with practice FMQ (4 bobbins later)
the quilt measures 142cm x 170cm (52" x 67")
my stitching did improve as I went along....
I think this is my favourite block.....
gotta love a rolled up quilt....
This is another tick off my UFO list ...
yay, yay, yipppee yay
I did say it was a learning process..... so some of my lessons:
Don't use too flimsy a fabric for doing the stitcheries on
Have one stitch meet exactly at the point of the previous stitch
Do use a stabiliser on the back (my red threads do show through)
A loose weave fabric does loose it's shape thus making it hard to have good points
You can do FMQ on a small domestic machine (I don't even have the longer shaft)
I still need more practice but I am getting there