Monday, December 9, 2013

Another Shirt Quilt Project FMQ-QAYG-style

I've been working on another Free-Motion-Quilted, Quilt-As-You-Go sampler project, made of shirt fabrics. With a bunch of 10½" squares that I already had cut out of cotton shirt fabric, and some batting scraps (edges trimmed when quilting medium-sized quilts) I've been learning some new techniques.

This project is similar to that other one that's still a work in progress.

Below are pictures of some of my latest experiments. Actually, I turned this into a fun little quilt that I'll probably be blogging about soon.

With each picture, the caption-explanation includes where I got the inspiration and/or instructions.

Many of the designs came from Leah Day's Free Motion Quilting Project blog, so many of the picture-captions have links there.

Several of the designs below have Pinterest links, because I've started gathering up FMQ ideas on my latest Pinterest Board, called "Quilting Techniques". Click here to see the board and you'll have the option to Follow the board if you'd like.

Bubble Path. This one was fun, and not hard. Leah Day's instructions are here.

Checkerboard, from The Free Motion Quilting Project (Leah Day's blog).

I'm calling this a decorated crosshatch.
Inspired by Cindy Needham's work here and here.

This is a funny little design. It reminds me of dinosaurs or dragon heads.
I was inspired by the idea of a floral stipple (a Jo's Country Junction favorite),
but I wanted to steer away from flowery, and try zig-zaggy. I like the result.

Lately, I accidentally see quilting patterns in all sorts of things.
This design was actually inspired by the design on a tissue box.
(See below.)
I'm not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing. :-)

This is a neat concept, but needs some work.
It's another tissue-box inspiration (see below). Weird, I know.
But I'm pretty sure I'm not the only quilter who sees quilt patterns everywhere. :-)

This was an experiment ... not too bad. Inspired by this quilter's work.

My first attempt at "McTavishing". Still working on this concept.
Instructions/inspiration from Leah Day and from Pinterest.

Puzzle Quilting! I mentioned this one before; inspiration from here.

This is my rendition of "Sea Oats", seen here at Leah Day's Blog

Here's my version of Spiral Chain; again, the how-to is at Leah Day's blog

Free-motion loops-and-stars ... I saw an FMQ style like this on
a beautiful batik quilt that was displayed for several weeks at my local library;
a local quilt guild had donated it for a library raffle. 

Wiggly Woven Lines. I like how this one turned out.
It's another one of Leah Day's designs.

Zen Breaks. I need some more practice on this one ...
Again, Leah Day shares instructions on her Free Motion Quilting blog.
Friday Update:
I'm linking this post to this week's FMQ Friday at The Free Motion Quilting Project blog ... and looking forward to getting some more free-motion-quilting inspiration there!


  1. Susie, you have tried out so many! Great work - I especially like the jigsaw pattern.

  2. What a great idea! And I happen to have a suitcase full of shirts I bought at a yardsale. I'm so looking forward to seeing this assembled.


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