September 19, 2010

Free Motion Quilting Inspiration: Sandra

I'd like to show you some quilting that my friend Sandra did. Sandra's mom is a quilter, but does not do free motion quilting. Sandra was the first recipient of a group quilt from our circle of friends. She asked me to teach her free motion quilting and I gave her a brief lesson. When I was expecting our daughter, Sandra organized a Sci-Fi themed group quilt for me from our circle of friends. It was only the second quilt she ever quilted. While the entire quilt is a work of art, I'd like to show you pictures of Sandra's awesome quilting here as a testimony that jumping in to free motion quilting is totally worth it and you shouldn't fuss too much. Sandra, thank you for the amazing gift of your time and talent. I treasure this quilt.

She stippled the entire border. And by stippling I mean, it makes you tired just to think about doing something that detailed.


Check out the spacey stitching in this Wall-E block.

See the little flower stitched down on the planet?! Genius.

I was so delighted when I discovered this little oil can stitched next to the robot.

And the stitching on the arms of the space monkey's space suit is just perfection.

Here is how she quilted the "wormhole". Awesome, right?

I love her way of inserting spirals into the stippling.

This is an extreme close up of a Baobab tree so you can see the little detailed leaves and swirls.

So how about that? Are you feeling inspired? I sure hope so. Happy stitching!


Fat Chick Design said...

Wooh! That's wicked, so cool!
Thanks for sharing!
It is indeed inspiring :)

Jennwith4 said...

How awesome! FMQ is so neat because you can add another layer of art on top of your quilt top to make it even more well awesome! :)

Mama Worker Bee said...

Thanks for the lovely post christina. It feels so good to have you enjoy that quilt!

Michelle said...

Your friend's work is a testimony to "jumping right in". Really got a kick out of the worm hole. :-)

JelyG said...

I think I am a little late to the 'quilt-along' and also don't have a free-hand quilting foot for my machine....yet :) However your tutorials and these quilts have been a real inspiration. I have a quilt in mind to make for my husband and I and I would love to embellish with little designs.

I'll be following your posts with relish :D

Kay Lynne said...

Thank you so much for sharing this quilt. I never thought of adding spirals in along with stippling. The designs are endless.

Stray Stitches (Linda G) said...

Sandra's quilting is just perfect for the quilt!

Dolly said...


Totally freeing examples, beautifully executed, but not too intimidating......may we all do so well !

Thank you , teach !

Katie said...

Those look like so much fun to quilt!!! Thanks for all you've been doing!

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Debbie J said...

This is wonderful quilting!

Thanks to you I ordered the book "Teach me to machine quilt" from Amazon.

Please look on my blog (homemakingdreams) to see the runner I quilted over the weekend.

Love to do something besides meandering.

Browndirtcottage said...

Oh YES!!! I am inspired!! I did get a little praticing in yesterday. I think a little practice helps!!

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