Saturday, 10 December 2011

A Christmas finish

This is the quilt that I was making for my mums birthday back in November.  Things happened and I didn't do it for her birthday.  However, it is now her Christmas present

I absolutely love this quilt.  The pattern came from Moda bake shop and the material were charm packs (can't remember which)

I hand quilted inside each star

I did a wavy sort of thing along the sashings in between the squares. 
So now it is going in a box, as a disguise, and I will wrap it up

I encountered a problem whilst finishing this off.  I used fmq to do the wavy bits and towards the end it kept dropping stitches.  Not too much of a problem, I put the feed dogs up and did it that way.  But it does mean I can't finish my Christmas quilt.  My fmq is just not happening whatever tension I use - it just wont pick up the bottom stitch at all - HELP!  Any advise anyone?


  1. What a lovely present. It's a fab design and the colours are great. Have you tried fmq-ing with your feed dogs up?

  2. Great finish Catherine - lucky mum indeed!

  3. I've only tried FMQ once and I didn't really not what I was at so I can't advise. The quilt looks fab though. I love the way you've used the yellow for the stars.

    I don't recognise all the fabric you've used but definitely can seem some Freebird by Momo in there. This is a fab design for charm packs.

  4. It is a beautiful quilt! I like the yellow stars! Your mum is lucky!
    I'm not good in fmq, I tried once with small fabrics. It was ok, but I don' have the courage to try on a big quilt :( maybe next year!

    Could you show us the back of the quilt?

  5. This looks fab, I have never done FMQ on a quilt so can't help sorry.

  6. Love the starry quilt, your mum will love it. Have a look at Little Island Quilting - Alison has posted a link about fmq-ing with the dogs up, I am going to try it out later myself.Keep stitch length at zero and apparently it works??

  7. it looks wonderful...I am sure your mum will LOVE it xx

  8. Hand quilted stars are always so pretty. What fun to give it for Christmas!

  9. I've found that whenever my machine starts misbehaving it is a cry for oil! Also, try rethreading and replacing the needle.


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