• Projects,  Sewing

    Free Motion Quilted Reindeer Pinwheel Quilt

    I recently shared my first full motion quilting project, a mini table top quilt that I made to test out my limited FMQ skills.  I jumped into a larger project, this pinwheel reindeer quilt for Christmas 2015. This project took a little longer than expected, so instead of finishing it for Christmas 2015, I finished it for January 5, 2016.  Oops.  Better late than never! The quilt itself is very simple.  I used two fabrics, a tan reindeer print with a green solid background paired with the same reindeer print in reverse.   Since both fabrics are busy prints and the prints do not contrast each other, the pinwheels are not instantly…

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    Projects,  Sewing

    Free Motion Quilting Sampler – Winter Mini Quilt

    I’m hoping this mini quilt is the first of many free motion quilting projects that I’ll be sharing on Craftcore.  This is brand new territory, so there’s plenty of improvements to be made. I’ve wanted to try free motion quilting for a while, but my sewing machines didn’t have an easy way to lower the feed dogs to stop the fabric from being pulled.  When I picked up a retro White sewing machine with easy-to-drop feed dogs, I decided it was time to order a darning foot to take the plunge. First, let’s start with some ugly attempts.  Figure 1: this deer covered in a stitchy mess. To practice, I…