Sunday, January 8, 2012

Unexpected time

My husband packed up the kids for a "trip" to the office.  Evidently, he needed something that couldn't wait.  Regardless of the reason, it gave me some alone time on a Sunday!  So, I went straight to work too!

I ripped out the rest of my tension mistake from yesterday.  Man-o-man! That was a tedious task.  I hope I never have to do that again.  I've only been working on the green sections of the blocks of the peacock quilt, but today I finished them (including the one I had to redo).  Determined not rip out the teal sections because I wasn't sure what thread color I wanted, I made a couple little samples to test the colors out.  

I did say "little" samples
This one was just plain aqua embroidery thread
This one actually has two different variegated threads

Which one did I choose?  Well, I ended up going with the variegated with the lightest shade.  It is a peacock quilt after all, I need some pizazz. It also seemed to go with the thread I choose for the green blocks best.  Here are pics of those:

"green block"

close up of quilting -  I'm still practicing!

"teal block"

close up of final thread selection

I think they look good together

While this isn't the practice pattern for the free motion challenge, it is still practicing free motion quilting!!  Speaking of practice, now I only have 14 more teal blocks to go, then I have to quilt some of the other parts of the blocks (I'm definitely choosing a bigger quilting pattern), then the borders....hmm, this could take a while.


  1. Wow!! I don't think you can claim "newbie" in your title much longer-- you have shared some beautiful-- and advanced-- creations and I've only been reading you for a week!! Your quilt blocks look beautiful (I see you are trying out the quilt-as-you-go method) and congrats on having some unexpected time to play!! What a luxury!! My little guy is in preschool so I still know what its like to have little ones (and demands, demands, interruptions, requests, etc.-- oh and a little nap occasionally) Beautiful work!

  2. I love the colors in your quilt. I agree with Elisa--I don't think you are a newbie. Your FMQ looks wonderful. By the time you are done, you will have had alot of practice. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished product. Such pretty colors.


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