Monday, December 9, 2013

Monday tidbits

I'm beginning to see a light at the end of the tunnel ~ that tunnel of tree skirts I started back in September. Two of those have been sent out and received (and loved ~ whew!)  I took pics of those under my own little tree:


 #1

 #2

The third one is finished (but not sent out yet) and the fourth is in the quilting stage and should be done by Wednesday!


Saturday was class day ~ Free Motion Quilting (finally!)  I've been scared to try this, but I learned to just relax, have a glass of wine and go with the flow.  A few other tips were taught as well but I liked these the best.  :)    I started with meandering, went into some loops and in the midst of that did a little flower!


My next practice block included some swirls, a few pebbles, some paisley, a feather, some little hearts and a leafy vine.  Oh ~ and a design that I remembered seeing at Leah Day's Free Motion Quilting Project (although it's not exactly like hers ~ LOL).  I need LOTS of practice ~ but at least I'm not scared of it anymore!  (linking up with FMQ Friday)

                


Finally got all the ornaments on our skinny little tree ~ I love sitting here with a fresh cup of coffee or Ovaltine with the tree in view, listening to The Nutcracker.  It's just a feel-good kind of thing that can only be experienced at this time of year.




16 comments:

  1. Here from NTT! Love that top tree skirt. They all look wonderful. Looks like your FMQ is coming along nicely.

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  2. Great FMQ for the first lesson. That's one lesson I need in 2014 as well. And, I just live that first tree skirt. Nice!

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  3. I love that stripey tree skirt! Your fmq looks good too. It takes a lot of practice but it is so much fun too. I'm still in the learning phase but I love the whole process.

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  4. Great job on your FMQ! I am scared of it, too, but determined to keep trying!

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  5. Your D9P tree skirt looks so cool. Did you use a pattern or just come up with it? I like how you used different patterns for the skirts. And your FMQ looks great for your first class. I hope you have fun playing with it.

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  6. Popping in from NTT, love those tree skirts, esp the first one. Has reminded me that I need to make a few (maybe for next year now!). I've just started FMQ as well, it's tough/rewarding isn't it?! Very impressed with yours, I haven't made it past squiggles yet!

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  7. wow! love the pretty tree skirts! and your FMQ practice looks amazing. I always do a better job when I'm completely relaxed, "in the groove" and having fun!

    Thank you so much for sharing this at Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  8. Oh these are great. Well done. I'm a new FMQ'er also. Not brave enough yet to actually post my efforts. :)

    mrsmelanie

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  9. You will without a doubt become great in FMQ!!! Your trial looks awesome! Well done... Love the tree skirts, such a lovely addition to the festive season.

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  10. Very impressive for first tries. Keep up the practice and you'll be amazing in no time.

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  11. Do you have a pattern for the first tree skirt? I just came across your blog through Pinterest.

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  12. I love your tree skirts. I want to make them for my 3 adult children's families for next Christmas.
    Where can I find patterns, directions, or tutorials? Hope you share!

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  13. Is there a pattern for the top tree skirt? I love it!

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  14. Is there a pattern for the top tree skirt? I love it!

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  15. I would love the pattern for #1 tree skirt - can it be purchased anywhere and if so where?

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