About a week ago, I signed up for Leah Day's Craftsy class on FMQ a sampler quilt. I watched a couple of lessons last week and decided to put into practice some of her designs on The Big EZ this weekend.
First, let me say this - I love Leah's style of teaching and watching her videos made me feel a lot better about trying out FMQ on a big quilt. Even her stitching isn't perfect... so how could I possibly expect mine to be? :-)
The first thing I did when I got to the cottage on Friday was modify my universal FMQ foot, as she demonstrated in her lesson.
Making these modifications made a world of difference right away. I can now easily see my stitches and have a much better control over the machine.
The Big EZ has a bunch of large squares separated by sashing. I started with some stitching in the ditch with my walking foot and then decided to use a different design for each type of fabric for the squares.
For the purple butterflies, I went with a beautiful paisley design.
In the yellow floral squares, I decided to go with a square spiral.
Next, I tried some wandering clovers in the huge pink squares. I love this design!
In the 4 patch squares, I went with 2 different designs. Pine Needles in the neutral part and spirals in the prints.
And finally, I decided to try some echo shells in the large inner border. My "shells" are far from consistent and they need quite a bit of work, but not bad for my first time.
I managed to quilt one square of each design this weekend and plan on continuing next weekend when I get to the cottage. This quilt is a gift for my step-daughter and I'm sure she won't mind some of the wonky stitching so that took a lot of the fear out for me.
Thanks for these lessons by Leah Day, quilting isn't as unpleasant for me as it used to be. I actually had a lot of fun quilting these designs. But seeing Leah quilt on that spectacular Janome Horizon 7700 though made me wish I had a higher-end machine to use. Maybe I need to start saving my pennies! :-)
I hope you had a fantastic weekend everyone and thank you so much for visiting!