Tuesday, May 15, 2012

May FMQ Challenge; update on momma Robin

Leah Day was our guest teacher on the FMQ challenge in May!  Love learning from this woman!  She is full of energy and ideas, and inspires me to get quilting!   I have a good time learning from her as she challenges me to try new and different quilting techniques !  Thanks Leah!

This month Leah challenged us to create a soft curved foundational line, we then stippled on top of that line.  The first stipple was curved, and the second design was what we refer to as Railroad tracks.  I used both designs on this quilted block in the corner triangles! 

This block is a quilted sampler of other FMQ designs that I have seen and liked, and wanted to play with.  Eventually this block will become a throw pillow to go with a sampler quilt I made some years ago.  This was one of the blocks that were leftover, having not been included in the completed quilt.

Back of the quilt block shows more of the patterns without the busyness of the print in the fabric getting in the way :)   One of the gals in the challenge added a second line to the foundational line, before she added the tracks to the railroad pattern, and what a difference that little change made to the appearance of the pattern!  Will try that and get a photo added to this post.

here is my sample of the double foundation line RR track
back of the quilted block
Funny how adding one line can change the whole appearance of a pattern.  Going to use this pattern to make a track road and include a city in the quilt for my grandsons to have picnics on and ride their trains and cars on when they visit Mimi and Grandpa.

Thanks Leah, this has been so much fun!  Thanks SewCal Gal, not only are we learning from our monthly teachers, but we are learning from each other as well ~ and having fun doing it too! 

Update on momma Robin ….

Momma laid eggs in her nest outside my sewing studio window; the nest she built inside of a silk flower and grapevine wreath I made and have hanging on the porch.  She has laid 4 pretty blue eggs, one each day, and is sitting on the nest keeping the little eggs nice and warm :) 




  1. • • • I don't do a lot of blog hopping, but every once in a while I do. And today, I found you and your reference to my idea. Pretty cool!

    Since I am not a blogger, it's kind of nice to see my ideas being shared. I really like the double line for a regular meander without the tracks.

  2. The railroad tracks look great on your sampler block! I'm looking forward to trying this one.

  3. Great quilting, and what beautiful eggs!!

  4. Mary, I love your blog. I'm so glad to have found it. I'll sit down and read through it, because it looks so encouraging! I love the robin's eggs.
    Blessings, Jen

    1. Jennifer, you are too funny ~ who else should I bump into at the opening of the new Joanns Store than you and the young miss holly :) So good to see you both . Thanks for visiting my little blog. I am learning so much from these talented women all over the world and enjoying our craft so very much. Give my regards to the rest of the family.

  5. Your sampler is beautiful. And, what a great job you did with the May Challenge by Leah Day. Hope you are having fun with this challenge.