Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Flirt Finally Finished

I am happy to finally be posting my Flirt Panel Finish!!  I started this project in February with hopes of finishing for Valentine's day, but any of you with young children will understand that deadlines like that are pretty hard to stick to.  Well, here we are, two months later...but I did it!

Practicing quilting on a panel like this is something I would recommend to anyone.  I played with designs that I had never tried before, made some mistakes, and had some moments I am very proud of.  I know you are really here for the photos....So enough talk.




I did a scribble in the border squares which is a decision I wouldn't make again. I may not have done the flowers in the four corners either.  It must have been an off day when I decided on those designs, but this was always meant to be a learning experience.  We gain more from mistakes, then from getting it right on the first try. It is still a proud and happy finish for me.
Thanks for letting me share this victory with you!!
   Kelly

Special thanks go to Leah @http://freemotionquilting.blogspot.com/. Some of the designs ideas were found on her blog.

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76 comments:

  1. Lovely work! Aqua and red is one of my favourite combos- love the detail on the bird.

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    1. Thank you! :) I was so excited to share this finish after such a long drag-out.

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  2. Absolutely wonderful finish Kelly! I'm inspired by your quilting...love how it really added some whimsy to the quilt!!!

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    1. Thank you Valerie for the sweet comment. All of the encouragement gives me enough bravery to try new things. :)

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  3. Beautiful design and quilting. Love your birds!

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  4. Turned out just gorgeous, Kelly! Love the thread sketching you did. And the quilting is just incredible! Beautiful job!

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    1. Thank you Lorna! You always have something so positive to say

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  5. Very nice, congrats on a lovely finish - quilting, colour choice and cuteness factor are perfect!

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    1. Hehe, cuteness factor! Thank you Ruth

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  6. Very, very sweet, and you can't beat the colour combination of aqua and red. It looks great to me!

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    1. I agree! Aqua and red may be my new favorite combo. Thanks for visiting Margaret.

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  7. Beautiful! Your quilting is amazing, and I love the folk art-charm of the design.

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    1. Thank you Lynn. I love that description. Folk art sounds playful--I certainly attacked the quilting with a playful mindset :)

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  8. It's lovely! The quilting really highlights it.

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  9. This is fabulous!! I actually considered purchasing a panel after I saw this awhile back. I still may.... It would be such good quilting practice for me but I'm afraid I wouldn't be able do it justice...

    Happy Sewing ~ Tracy

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    1. Oh, you should really try one! The best part about panels like this, is that you haven't spent countless hours piecing a quilt top. You can practice new designs with less pressure. I think the best learning experiences are "dress rehearsals". Just practicing on a muslin sandwich doesnt feel the same as on something real. :)

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    2. I so agree. I get bored quickly on muslin, though I do use it as warm up. Small projects that "don't matter" are the way I go too.

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  10. I just love the combination of aqua and red! ♥

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    1. Oh, me too! Makes the birds look so sweet :)

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  11. Love this. The quilting really enhances the design. So well done!

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    1. Thank you Teresa! I really hoped that itwould add to the quilt and not distract from the adorable panel.

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  12. I am in love with the birds and the colors you chose! The quilting is just beautiful!

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  13. Very pretty. Quilting looks great!

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    1. Thanks Sarah! I'll be more brave on my next project, after all of the encouragement :)

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  15. It looks fabulous! Great quilting you did throughout!! I love it!

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    1. Thanks Lorette! I really learned so much, and all the wonderful comments are really building my confidence :)

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  16. I have been following your progresses on this panel and I'm really happy to see it now. Each parts you showed us were gorgeous and the whole is equally gorgeous. This is the kind of piece I could look at for hours. I don't mind your "scribble" in the border as I find it's alike the black leaves and the flowers reflect the theme. I would hang it on one of my walls!

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    1. That means so much to me. Thank you for such a wonderful comment :)

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  17. Very cute.. lovely work and very detailed quilting. Great Job!

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  18. Way to go, Kelly! A beautiful finish with some wonderful quilting. Great idea to use a pretty panel this way. Lovely!

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  19. Beautiful! I especially like the little lacy stitching around some of the applique. Is that embrodiery or quilting with colored thread?

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    1. hehe That was part of the panel already! Isn't that sneaky of me? I quilted over the little bumps with red Isacord thread to highlight better. It certainly gives me ideas for the future though...

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  20. Lovely quilting!! Saw your link on Fabric Frenzy Friday and had to come get a better look. What an awesome finish :-)

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    1. I'm glad you did! Thanks for stopping by and leaving such lovely comments.

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  21. Just whimsical! Very good job quilting this panel!

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  22. That is so cute! You did a wonderful job on the quilting. Congrats!

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    1. Thank you :) I could never have quilted it without all of the inspiration from bloggers like you!

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  23. I love the variety in the FMQ you used. Great work!

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  24. What a great way to make a fun panel really interesting and personal. I tend to stay away from panels, but this inspires me to try one out - there are so many gorgous ones available!

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    1. I had always avoided panels too. I won this one in a giveaway and saved it for a year before i got inspired to do this. It was really fun!

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  25. Wonderful little quilt. Your stitching is beautiful.

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  26. that's gorgeous - well done :)

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    1. :) Thank you Laura. Glad you stopped by.

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  27. Very impressive quilt. I might need to try something like this to give my FMQ more practice.

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    1. It was a wonderful way to practice different designs on small scale. There are a few that I want to try on a large quilt and wasn't confident enough in them to try before now.

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  28. So so lovely! i especially love the curvy lines in the left bird! It matches the style of the quilt perfectly!!!
    Esther
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  29. OMG! It's just beautiful! I can't wait to get this hung on my stamp room wall on Mother's Day! Really it's just perfect Kelly. I'm so proud of your art. I love you! Mom

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    1. Thanks Momma! and...hahahaha Nice try!! Love you!

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  30. Wow!!!! This is gorgeous! I love it :). Awesome quilting :). I'm still too chicken to try FMQ!

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    1. Thank you Jenn! I started out on muslin and batting scraps and practiced basic stipling. It was awkward at first. Thanks you for the lovely comments.

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  31. That is spectacular, looks great hanging on the wall!

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  32. Oh my goodness! The quilting is fantastic! And I personally love the scribbles in the squares. We're our own worst critics I think. Way to go on your victory!!!

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    1. It is too easy to tear ourselves up over every little detail. :) Thanks for the sweet comments

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  33. It's truly beautiful Kelly. Glad I got to see it along the way being created and to see it finished!

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    1. Thank you so much Jo!! It was really a fun project.

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  34. Beautiful Kelly and well worth the time you put into the wonderful quilting!! Thanks for sharing.
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  35. Lovely finish Kelly! You did a fantastic job with the quilting on this! :)

    Thank you for linking up to Fabric Frenzy Friday!
    -Lindsey
    Fabric Frenzy Friday

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  36. Beautiful! Flirt was the fabric I used on my first quilt project which I finished earlier this year in time for Valentine's Day! (It took me almost a year to must up the courage to finish it.) It's a table runner, but I love it. Now you have given me a way to practice something besides straight line quilting. Thanks for sharing!

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  37. I'm very impressed with your quilting decisions and personally wouldn't change a thing! I am on my own learning curve with my HQ Avante and am trying not to agonize too much over what designs to quilt. My mantra for right now is "just add texture."

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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