Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Julies Name Game - New Free Motion Quilting Design #59


This weeks design for your naming (and stitching) pleasure would look amazing on a Modern quilt!

Comment below or on this designs post on Facebook and/or Instagram to suggest a name or vote for your favorite from those suggested.

This design will be named by popular vote on Sunday April 29 at 6:00 PM (Pacific)

What do you think this designs name should be?

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Julies Name Game - New Free Motion Quilting Design #58


Here is this weeks new Free Motion Quilting design for you to name.
I hope you'll have some fun with this one!
Comment below, or on the post for this design on Facebook and/or Instagram to suggest a name or vote for your favourite from those already suggested.
This design will be named by popular vote on Sunday April 22 at 6:00 PM (Pacific)

What do you think this designs new name should be?

Wow... you are all so creative!
This designs new name is "Drifting Feathers".
Thank you and congratulations to Karen Killins-Robinson of Duncan B.C.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Julies Name Game - New Free Motion Quilting Design #57


As you may have guessed I am on the mend from my nasty injury and able to be back at my machine and stitching again... YAY!

This new free motion quilting was posted on Facebook and Instagram on April 8 and named by popular vote on Sunday April 15 at 6 PM (Pacific)

And the winning name is..."Back in Bloom".
How perfect!
Thank you to this weeks winner Cindy Scraba of Qualicum Beach B.C.



QUILTsocial.com Blog Post - How to use FABRIC FUN Fabric Markers in your next quilting project!

I am thrilled to be a contributing blogger for Quiltsocial.com
My article on using FABRIC FUN Fabric Markers on cotton fabric runs from April 15 to 19.

Part one, "How to use FABRIC FUN Fabric Markers in your next quilting project!"includes basic information on the use of these versatile fabric markers as well as how to stabilize your fabric for successful coloring.

Fabric taped to foam board for easier coloring

Part two "How coloring your fabric meets up with a fabulous quilting experience" is all about using a printed fabric to help learn and develop your coloring skills.

Working with a  printed fabric is a great way to develop your coloring skills

Part three, "5 ways to create your very own fabric designs using fabric markers" showcases a variety of techniques that you can use to turn plain fabric into your very own custom print.


There are many ways to color plain fabric to create your own custom print 

Part four, "Color your free motion quilting for the look of instant applique" takes the fun to another dimension as we quilt a design then put our coloring skills to work.

Free motion quilt then color for the look of instant applique

The fifth and final post in this series "Adding dimension to applique pieces using fabric markers" explores several ways to take your hand or machine applique from OK to awesome by coloring to add details or create a three dimensional appearance.

Use fabric markers to add fine details

Color your applique pieces for a three dimensional appearance 
Check out the full posts by clicking on my link (top left of this page) or by going to QUILTsocial.com
Have Fun!

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Julies Name Game - New Free Motion Quilting Design #56


This sweet and simple little Free Motion Quilting design was created for you with the Easter Bunny in mind.
This design was named by popular vote on Facebook and Instagram on Sunday April 8 at 6:00 PM  (Pacific)
And the winner is .... "14 Carrot Gold"
This name was suggested by Irene Harvalias of New Westminster B.C.
Thank you for the great name Irene!


Thursday, 29 March 2018

Julies Name Game - New Free Motion Quilting Design #55


As you may have noticed our Name Game Design for last week went "missing"!
I have a non-quilting related injury that is however not allowing me to be at the sewing machine.
As a result there is a contest going over on Facebook and Instagram for a prize basket of fun goodies.
Make sure you check it out!

You can't however keep a quilter down for long so here is this weeks new Free Motion Quilting design for you to name and stitch.

This design will be named by popular vote on Sunday April 1 at 6:00 PM (Pacific).
Place a comment here, on Facebook and/or Instagram to suggest a name.
Like or comment to vote for a name that has been suggested and of course,
"Don't forget to SHARE"!

After much lively debate this new free motion quilting design has been named "Butterfly Kisses".
Thank you to Carole Thornton of Parksville B.C.

Follow these steps to stitch this design.
(Photos to come when I am back at the machine).

This design is almost completely stitched with round and oval loops.
Think small o's and e's in cursive writing!

Start by doing two playful loops (o's) one to the left and one to the right.
(In either order)
These will make the design somewhat playful and allow you to travel for an all over design.
Now add an oval (cursive e) at the top of your travelling line.

This loop should be larger than the loops in your travelling line.
You can make this loop to the right or left, whichever direction feels most natural to you. The rest of the design will continue to loop in the same direction.
In this example I went to the right so the next loop will  also go to the right.

Note that the second loop is also on the right side of the first one.
If I had started this portion of the design with a loop to the left then the whole design would also be rotating to the left.

Next we will add two slightly smaller loops.

OK ... Now we're getting there!
At this point your needle would be right in the center of the design.

Keeping your loops going in the same direction add a little loop inside the first one you stitched.
Now add a little loop inside the second loop you stitched.
You could keep going for the next two loops but to make the design a little faster and easier to stitch we are going to put the little antennas on instead. To do this go right up the center of your design and add a little curved line coming out the top left between the first two loops.  
Depending on the size your are stitching this and the thickness of your thread you can either do a tiny circle at the top of the antenna or just pause your hands so that the needle goes up and down for an extra stitch or two.
Stitch down the same line and repeat for the second antenna then stitch down through the center.
You are back at the beginning. 
Loop to either the right or left to travel. 
Add a second loop in the opposite direction and repeat. 
Try NOT to be all the same. 
The more different they are the more whimsical the design will be!





Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Julies Name Game New Free Motion Quilting Design #54


This pretty little design was inspired by previous name suggestions.
Posted on March 11 and named by popular vote on March 18.
The "voting" was fierce but the overwhelming winner was Janet Taylor of Cobourg Ontario with her name "Travelling Trilliums".