Wednesday, 19 June 2013

My Favorite Pass-time

Its no surprise that I enjoy free motion quilting.  To me its the most enjoyable part of making a quilt.  So yesterday afternoon I had a sudden urge to quilt something, so I cut a fat quarter large enough to get some decent practice.  

That's when my eye caught some dresden plate pieces that was between some of the fabrics my Mom gave me.  She had them left over from a quilt she made a few years ago.

So I quickly pieced half a dresden and placed it on the side and then added another piece of dresden in the one corner.  I wanted to have a large area of negative space to practice some free motion quilting.  So this is what I ended up with.

free motion quilting

Just to add a bit more to the 'dresden' design I quilted a dresden on the opposite corner.  It also adds a bit of symmetry to the design.  Sure I had enough fabrics to make another piece of dresden, but I wanted to try something completely different.

free motion quilting

I quilted whatever came to mind, I did not want to use the same design all over, so I varied between swirls, paisley, pebbles, a few echoing lines and of course some feathers. 

free motion quilting


free motion quilting

What was just going to be a practice sample will now be a small wall hanging with colour, texture and some dresden design.  I'm sure to finish it up tomorrow...

Linking up to WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced.

Happy quilting.

17 comments:

Lorna McMahon said...

I can't get enough of your free motion quilting, Marelize! This is just beautiful. Love the echo of the Dresden in the quilting design!

Daphne Bryson said...

Good Afternoon Marelize, I really do not know what to say, as I keep saying that your work is beautiful..... you must be bored hearing it, but I am sorry, I have to say it again, you are amazing and your work is beautiful.
My word, you are really inspirational.
Best Wishes to you,
Daphne

Marelize Ries said...

Hi Daphne, I wanted to reply via e-mail, but you're a no reply blogger,.. I want to thank you for your beautiful comments and encouragement, and I think I speak for many when I say its comments like yours that is inspiration to me, it helps me to keep going, and try more, so I thank YOU and everyone else following along. :-)

basildonkitchens said...

That is sooooooo pretty! I love it - I would love it on my wall (wink, wink, if it is looking for another home)....

You do really beautiful work! and the Dresden is awesome!

Good job!

Katharina Kilmer said...

Really, really beautiful. Thats why I love FMQ soo much...

lg, Katharina

Lori Huffman said...

You are so incredibly talented!!!

Karen M said...

Absolutely fantastic! You are really getting good at FMQ on your domestic machine.

Wendy B said...

how wonderful to let inspiration take you places like that! I wish my machine played nice with FMQ.....we have a bit of a personality clash when it comes down to it!!!! lol
lOVED your post!

Denise Vitola said...

Amazing work!

Susan Owenby said...

Nice! Great way to practice and end up with something great! :)

Malini said...

Wow! your quilting is just amazing!

Kelly Young said...

girl! your free motion ROCKS!!! All of your designs are just impeccable!

:)Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

Rose Smith said...

Lovely work as ever, Marelize. Not just the quilting - the overall design is wonderful as well.

Karin said...

That looks great...actually I was just thinking of doing something similar, but went on the computer instead. Just feel like a bit of FMQ but must say I have got plenty of other things to do and finish off...

Mike Pearson said...

I love how you mixed it up in the negative space. The dresden "ghost" was a nice touch!

Stephie said...

Looking gooood! Love the density of your quilting, it adds such great texture :)

Debra @ Homespun said...

I would have thought this was hand quilting, not machine! Amazing....

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