Thursday, March 21, 2013

FMQ and the Puzzle Box Quilt


I'm so excited! I finished machine quilting the 36 blocks of the Puzzle Box Quilt. I still have the borders to quilt but feel great that I've come this far! I tried to do a little bit at a time. I found if I tried to quilt too many blocks at once that I would get sloppy. My quilting is not perfect by any means. Some of the lines are not exactly straight and some of my loops are a little pointy rather than round but I feel I learned so much. I'm much better at using rulers to guide my way. (Although I did end up bending a needle by sewing over the ruler at one point!) I really just wanted to add texture in a somewhat nice design that would suit the quilt. I like the end results so far!


The top picture gives you a close up of the blocks while the second picture is further away. I love that the texture is visible even from a distance. This quilt seemed so flat to me. I felt it needed something to add some character.




Here's a view of the backing after being quilted. I love that you can see the shadow of the block and it's quilting! I had to do some back tracking when travelling between blocks. Do you just leave all those layers of thread there or try to remove them? I was going to remove them but they're not as prominent as I thought they would be.

Now it's time to come up with some ideas for the border. I was thinking of free motion quilting a paisley or sea shell design. I have some variegated black thread as well as a variegated bright multicolor thread. I'm going to have to experiment and see what I like better. I bought the binding fabric last weekend. It's a multicolored stripe that alternates with black. It will make a great binding especially if cut on the bias!

So many ideas! So much to do but also a lot of fun!

14 comments:

  1. Looks great, Rosemary! You picked a really good quilt design to bring the quilt to life.

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    1. Thank you, Auntie Em! It really does add a lot to the quilt!

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  2. it is so bright and cheerful... and will be lovely and snuggly xx thats what counts xx

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  3. Love that quilt--it looks wonderful close-up or far away and the quilting adds so much!! Great finish Julierose

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    1. Thanks, Julierose! I'm experimenting with the border. Hoping it will look good when it's finally all done!

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  4. Looking good Rosemary! Love the way you gave your quilt dimension.

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    1. Thanks, Joanie! Adding quilt dimension was my goal! It just seemed so flat! Hope I can figure out what to do with the border.

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  5. What a wonderful quilt to texture with FMQ!!! You're doing great!

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    1. Thanks so much, Sharon! It's such a challenge to figure out how to quilt a top. I'm glad I tried this out. Now for the border!!

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  6. Your quilting really adds another design element to the quilt. I love the dimensional effect you achieved.

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    1. Thanks! I really felt the quilt needed texture. It seemed so flat and square. I can't wait to wash it and hope it crinkles up a little!

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  7. Great job Rosemary! The texture on this quilt is awesome.

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    1. Thank you so much! So glad you visited my blog!

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