Thursday, April 18, 2013

Easy Quilting

I'm all about doing things easily, if possible, and thanks to Missouri Star Quilting its now easier than ever!  In addition to having the best selection (and prices) of precut fabric (charm packs, jelly rolls, layer cakes, etc) owner Jenny Doan offers fantastic tutorials on just how to make fabulous quilts EASILY.  I find myself eagerly checking their Daily Deal every morning first thing (I keep saying I'm going to stop but I CAN'T).  One of Jenny's daughters has created templates that fit either charms or layer cakes and it's just crazy fun to make these.
So in my quest to master Free Motion Quilting, I need to practice it a lot. I started pulling out some quilts I'd made before and stippling them, which was fun.  And then I cleaned out my stash of fabric and discovered some great fabric in there, just waiting to be made into a quilt.  (I like to say "I went shopping in my stash today and found some great deals").  Here are two of them, one finished and one on my basting board, ready to be quilted.

This one uses the fabric I rediscovered in my stash- so bright and cheery!  I love the backing as much as the top.  The style of this is called a Flower Box  (click on link for tutorial)

This is my current project.  I used a layer cake called the Lemon Tree by Benartex.  It turned out a LOT bigger than I expected, so I'm going to be working on it for awhile, but I did assemble the quilt top in one evening using the Double Slice Cake method (click on link for tutorial)

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