Sunday, February 9, 2014

Flirting with Quilting

Something must be said for fabric panels like the one I am working on (The Moda Flirt panel by Sandy Gervais)    It turns out that using a panel like this can be completely refreshing and a spark for quilting inspiration!  I added a very simple pieced border and basted it last Monday which I talked about here.  Then I spent some time practicing quilting designs.

Its so easy to let doubts creep up into your mind and make you pick out every little shaky stitch or imperfection.  Notice my blog name?    I have made a pledge to get better by NOT picking everything and living organically with my abilities.  I needed to remind myself of this when I finally began quilting.

Here's a peek at the panel so far.  I started out working on the birds, since they are in a nice central location. I did a very minuscule half circle stack in the first bird, and a wiggle in the other.


I almost beat myself up when quilting over the red feather lines in the first bird. Its tough to follow such a thin line in bright red. Get a grip Kelly! Its not the end of the world.
These little birdies are so sweet and cute. It's so much fun quilting this way and I feel my imagination soaring with quilt design possibilities.

Now off to tackle the hearts....

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50 comments:

  1. Your quilting looks great - my eye twitches too when I decide to move on and not rip LOL I think there is some seam ripping in my near future, forged ahead when I should have stopped and changed designs. . . oh well, that's only the 15th time I've learned this lesson.... some day it will stick! LOL

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    1. I feel ya! It's easy to to stitch away and forget how hard it is to undo. Hope you get through it quickly, or better yet, learn to live with it! lol Thanks for stopping in.

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  2. I wouldn't have been able to resist that panel either. Turquoise and red?? wheee!
    good job quilting it!!
    LeeAnna
    lapaylor.blogspot.com

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    1. Haha Thanks for the energetic comment! Looks like you are right on my pace of life!

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    1. Thank you! Its a learning experience, for sure.

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  4. Cute panel, and awesome quilting! What a great way to experiment with new quilting designs too. Looks like you're having fun! :-)

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    1. It is so fun! Experimenting on panel likd this is less risky since I didn't have to spend hours piecing the quilt. :) thanks for stopping by.

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  5. This is my first visit to your blog and those birds caught my eyes at first glance. This is amazing how your quilting changed them from beautiful to gorgeous. Ah, the power of threads!

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    1. Thank you for the sweetest possible compliment :)

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  6. That is ADORABLE! You did a fantastic job! No beating necessary AT ALL! Well done!

    http://www.busyneedle.ch

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    1. LOL!! Too funny. I will remember this and always keep my standards up when quilting, just in case. :)

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  7. Quilting a panel is a great way to practice some fmq! Your quilting looks fabulous! And fun!
    I have a new linky party and would like to invite you to join! Here is a link to the page outlining the details. http://sewfreshquilts.blogspot.ca/p/lets-bee-social.html Hope you will join us, Kelly!

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    1. I'm THERE! lol Linky parties are too full of inspiration to resist!

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  8. Thanks for pointing out the advantages of working with a panel!

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    1. Thanks for stopping in! Panels really are a nice break and good for creativity in quilting :)

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  9. I love your quilting, I am working on my first panel too, except I'm practicing my hand quilting on it!

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    1. The thought of hand quilting something is so intimidating to me. Maybe someday! Your awesome for going for it!

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  10. oh wow, I think your quilting is amazing! Great job! If you want to see mistakes, follow the link to my blog and click on the tab "failures", just make yourself a cuppa first as you'll be there a while!

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    1. Hey now! No failures in the crafty world. Everything is a learning experience, I have my share of projects gone bad, but each one makes you better. Thanks so much for stopping in here.

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  11. This is a terrific idea and you are doing excellent with those sweet little birdies:)

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    1. Thank you! I hope they looks as cute and sweet by the time I am done. It's so easy to worry isn't it? Thanks for stopping in.

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  12. Your quilting is really bringing those birds to life. I think the red quilting looks great.

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    1. Aw, thank you! I was really worried about the red sections for awhile.

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  13. Thanks for sharing your quilting "process". It's inspiring so see progress step by step. :)

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    1. No point in keeping my personal torment to myself! lol! Thanks for stopping in.

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  14. I am tormenter in chief at my house, and the only 'victim' is myself!! It is so much fun to let go and accept imperfections. In fact, I'm finding that little imperfections actually improve my work.

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    1. It's true isn't it? The little imperfections are what make each quilt our own and special. That's why they aren't made in a factory :)

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  15. I love your project and the colors. Your quilting is also beautiful.

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    1. Thank you so much for the encouragement!

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  16. Your quilting looks great and so intricate! How do you hide your starting and stopping threads so well? Can't wait to see the finish.

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    1. I pull my threads to the top, tie a knot, and hide them in the quilt layers. I will do a post to show some pictures of how I do it in a few days. Thanks for the idea and compliments!

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  17. Red and teal are such a perfect combination. Remember, noone is perfect, and if they were, how very dull they would be!

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    1. I am loving these colors too! I'll almost be sad when I'm finished.

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  18. Great idea of using a printed panel to practice quilting motifs and techniques. Your birds are coming out quite lovely and really dresses up the printed panels.

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    1. If only I had more panels! lol Thanks for stopping by.

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  19. They really are totally amazing!

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  20. Your organic quilting looks great! Love the little birdies!

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  21. Beautiful work Kelly and your quilting adds so much!

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  22. The very first thing I quilted was a table runner using Flirt! I recognized it from the photos. Love the quilting on the panel!

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    1. So neat! I had been saving this panel for a long time. Thanks for visting

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  23. Great job Kelly - I learned so much by quilting panels. We found Growth Chart panels and I quilted them for our grandchildren and great nieces and nephews -- lots of fun and great practice! Congrats on your beautiful quilting and on being featured on Connie's blog. Karen

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    1. Thank you Karen! I was so honored and excited to be featured at Connie's. Quilting this panel is so much fun. Thanks for stopping by :)

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I really appreciate that you have taken the time to comment. I am so inspired by this community, thank you for that as well. If you have questions {even some suggestions}, I'll be sure to get back to you.

Go sew already! :)
Kelly