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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

FMQ Challenge 2015/ June

This post is linked up with Quiltshopgal over here...

We are mid year...hard to believe, and we've had very little spring like weather yet. For this months challenge, our instructor is Diane Gsaudynski, another wonderful quilter. we had several options, but I chose to combine 2 of them together.

We had a tutorial on feathers and one on I put them into one pillow.I used a fairly dark cotton fabric and a variegated thread, so it would stand out. I was experimenting with Aurifil Mako'NE.50/2 weight.
This is the first time I quilted with this, and didn't have a great experience with it...I'm afraid.

I like the colours which go from a shiney white to dark brown. Now it worked great on larger areas at a medium speed, but when it came to trying pebbles or scribbling....a mess of eyelashes. I'm not saying it is the fault of the thread....probably just that I need to play more with it and tension and needles...and I will do that!

Here is the pillow...
Another look...

Now, the feather went great...I liked the way the spine turned out, too. the large swirls were fine, but I didn't enjoy all the stopping and starting for this won't use this much.
the scribbling was planned to be pebbles, but the thread couldn't handle scribbling. it was still fun, and a good way to try new threads.Aurifil is a wonderful thread, and we just need more


  1. some good FMQ here, yesterday Diane`s book Quilt savvy dropped arrived and it is full of wonderful advice will check out the link you have shared re her challenge

  2. Love the pillow. You really getting better all the time. I am impressed.

  3. Love the pillow. You really getting better all the time. I am impressed.

  4. Beautiful quilting, Majorie. Re the thread...might be something simple, for example have you mounted the thread so that it runs over the spool before it goes into the tension discs? Keep at it, it is a beautiful thread to work with.

  5. Love the pillow , the quilting is great !

  6. You may have had some tension issues, nevertheless, you have made a lovely pillow!

  7. Love your cushion and the different textures you managed to achieve in it...

  8. Marjorie, I'm finally linking up with you. I love this pillow!! Gorgeous machine quilting.