Tuesday, December 18, 2012

December FMQ Challenge - Feathered Borders

It is hard to believe how quickly this year has passed. December's teacher is Patsy Thompson.  Her tutorial, complete with utube video is most excellent! Patsy provides clear instructions and wonderful illustrations. Her quilts are awesome!  Without further preamble...drum roll  please....
My quilt is finished and I learned so much from all the wonderful teachers, as well as the other participants.
I started drawing the feathers, paying close attention to the take off and kissing zones.
 I marked my quilt border, exactly as Pasty instructed.
The only flexible rulers available locally were 18 inches long.  My attempt to join them together did not work because the rulers are not flexible enough on the ends.  I did order a 40 inch ruler on-line which should arrive before the end of the month.
The markings were made with a Sewline ceramic pencil.
The take off zone.                            
 The kissing zone. 
 I used Marathon trilobal 100% polyester embroidery thread, with a Schmetz 90/14 embroidery needle.
The thread colours were bright to make the border really stand out.
  Backside views.
Thank you so very much Darlene for hosting the 2012 Free Motion Quilting Challenge. I really appreciate all your hard work to organize this wonderful learning opportunity for your cyber quilting friends. Thanks tons to all the fantastic teachers who provided the tutorials.

I'm delighted to have completed all twelve monthly challenges in their respective months. What comes next? Perhaps in 2013, I'll complete the bonus tutorials.


  1. Congratulations on completing your Challenge quilt Tammy! Looks wonderful! I like your hyperquilting in the feather border - very nice.

    1. Thank you Quilting Babcia. It is true the more practice the better it gets. This was such a fun year.

  2. Wonderful I love your hyperquitling too. Your sample piece is beautiful.

    1. Thanks Joan, it was lots of fun to quilt. In hindsight, I would have made all the blocks in the quilt solid light colours to really showcase the quilting.

  3. Amazing piece, Tammy! Way to go with those feathers!

  4. Lovely feathers! I am hoping to get mine done this weekend, thanks for sharing!

  5. What a fun quilt as a reminder of this challenge! The hyperquilting on your feathers looks great!


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