Wednesday, 4 April 2012

A Labour of Love

After the practising FMQ on small pieces, I thought it was about time to try it on a bigger quilt.  I think it might have been a good idea to try a lap quilt, rather than a full sized quilt, it was hard work!
This quilt was one of the Mystery Monday quilts I did, and I managed to find a cotton sheet from a charity shop for the backing.
It took hours sat at the machine and was heavy going at times, but eventually it was done.  I didn't do anything fancy, just loops and waves.  I didn't want anything too precise for the first attempt.

When I'd finished, I was a bit disappointed with the effect, but glad I'd tried.  I was sure the next one I did would be straight lines!

Then I put it in the machine, washed it and dried it, and it looked completely different.  It had that love scrunched up look that makes quilts look so cuddly.  Maybe the strain had been worth it after all!  I have another quilt to sandwich, and then it will be time to decide, straight lines or FMQ.


9 comments:

Melinda Cornish said...

I think you did a great job..and I love how a washed quilt pulls the stitching together.....It makes it look so good.

Maggi said...

Great job. You have made a wonderful result with your first attempt.

Annie said...

Pretty bold of you to try FMQ on a full size quilt. Must have been such a good feeling to see the results after washing. I think it turned out really well and definitely looks cuddly!

Donna said...

Beautiful work. One day I am going to get brave enough to attempt FMQ. Happy quilting!

Terry said...

It looks wonderful! It also looks like a lot of work, but so worth it in end! :0)

stitcheranon said...

I think it is amazing. I would be so happy to have finished a quilt even half as good! Great work!

Evie said...

Wow...you're so brave to go straight to a full sized quilt. But it paid off...this looks stunning. Well worth the effort. Congratulations on a lovely quilt.

Fiona said...

I love it.... has worked out so well.... now there is no stopping you...
Hugz

Angela said...

Love how this turned out, what a fabulous snuggly quilt