Friday, 25 January 2013

Express Your Love #4












I made very good progress with my Goddess quilt.  During the past week I started stitching all the outlines and this morning she was ready for me to start quilting.



When I started adding the rays, I made a slight mistake when I travel stitched my way back to get to the next ray of light, and went completely off the line.  I hate ripping out, so I tried to travel stitch a few times over that same line to correct my mistake, and it worked out really nicely.  I liked the effect so much, that I did it with all the rays.  It makes them stand out even more.  It did take longer and I used more thread but I think it really looks good.  



I still have to quilt the part in the ocean, and of course add the phrases but I will get to it.





I was so eager to start quilting inside the rays, that I never marked where I should quilt, so when I started quilting the second ray, it was completely the wrong one.  I can't undo this mistake, the stitches are just too small, and with all the travel stitching it would be impossible to rip it out.  So it will have to do.  So I decided to take a break, and to carry on when my mind is clear.  



I really like the mctavishing design, its the first time I've tried it, all I need to try is to make the lines a bit more wiggly but I think the scale looks good.





This might sound silly, but have you ever paid attention to your 'face', especially your mouth while you FMQ?  Today I found myself SMILING as I was busy stitching out the design inside the rays.......  :-) I guess its a way my body and mind wants to show that it approves, he he he

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I  am linking up to:  FMQ Friday with Leah Day, Find a friend Friday @ Sew Many Ways
On a SAD note... My parents left this morning after a two week visit, and saying goodbye is always hard.  It felt like yesterday when they arrived, it was so nice having them here... I will miss them so much.  Goodbyes, I HATE them!

Happy quilting



20 comments:

Hanli Terblanche said...

Dit gaan stunning wees - weet jy hoeveel hekelwerk trek ek los - o ja en ek smile ALTYD as ek my hekel en handwerkies doen. ENJOY!

Jessim said...

Absolutely stunning. I love the black background on the quilt with the colorful rays and I like how you did the goddess's hair. Fabulous!!!

I actually purse my lips when I FMQ- I have to take frequent breaks because my face ends up cramping and will sometimes spasm! I find if I talk to myself while I quilt it helps me from being in pain. Silly, I know!

Terrie Sandelin said...

Beautiful! I love the colors and the quilting!

Kelly said...

Your Mctavishing is stunning!! Very uniform, I really hope to be this good at some point. :)

Gwyned Trefethen said...

Love how you appliqu├ęd the goddess and ribbons, leaving the rest of the quilt black. It is fascinating to see how this project can be interpreted. Your MacTavishing looks great to me.

Gerda said...

This is looking really good! I really don't know what my face is like when I'm freemotion quilting

Sonia said...

Wow - this is looking fabulous - I love your MacTavishing, can't wait to see it when you've done even more to it!

Stella Nemeth said...

Ohhh. The McTavishing is beautiful!

Donna (MumZ) said...

Beautiful work. I know what you mean when you get so excited to go to work that you forget what you should have done.. I guess we are supposed to stop, look and check evrything instead of zooming in..I have a hard time with this/

Eunique said...

Marelize, thank you for this post. I just received my Spoonflower print today, and was so happy to see someone else just starting out. Tomorrow I am going to outline everything, and will probably use your hint to fix my wayward lines. I can only hope my McTavishing is as good as yours.

Karen at Fireball said...

This is looking great! I love the color and the stitching.

LAQuilts said...

I love all of your color choices, and her hair is beautiful

Foster said...

I recognize this quilt from the Free Motion site. I love it. What beautiful work. Stopping by from Plum and June.

Annabella said...

I'm stopping by from Plum and June too. Good for you for stepping away from the machine - I think your goddess quilt looks amazing!

Karen M said...

Your work is fantastic. You were a coal miner? I am gobsmacked.

Tiffiny Quilts said...

This quilts is really beautiful! You are quite talented! =)

ChristaQuilts said...

Wow! You are doing such a fantastic job with this!

Beth said...

Wow - that is so neat! And the quilting is amazing!

Fleurette said...

Beautiful work!!

Bonita Cantrell said...

It is beautiful ! I love it.

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