This quilt – Feathers and Pinwheels was primarily a practice quilt. I can see that practice is taking my free motion quilting to the next level. In this quilt, I really wanted to practice different shapes of feathers.
Fancy Forest is a beautiful pattern by Elizabeth Hartman. I have followed her for a long time, but this is the first pattern of hers that I have made. When I got the pattern, I wasn’t sure how it went together. Would it be templates? paper piecing? How difficult would the cutting and matching be?
This is a UFO that I started hand quilting years ago, but didn’t get around to finishing. I finally realized that I would never have time to finish it, so I took out most of the hand quilting (not very much, to be honest) and machine quilted it. It is made with four scrappy leaf blocks set on point with a triangle on each end.
Freestyle embroidery is a fun way to add detail to quilted projects. Things that have large empty pieces like an Irish chain or snowball blocks are great to showcase embroidery. These wreaths are a quick and easy way to try some new stitches. I made mine Christmassy, but there is no rule that they have to be.
This bag was a quick little project stretched out to take years. The embroidery and quilting were done years ago, and it sat in the UFO (unfinished object) pile, waiting to be turned into a little bag. This year I have been working hard on my UFOs, and my goal is to get all of them off my list by the end of next year. That will clear up space for new projects, both physically and mentally.