Sunday, 18 December 2011

And finally...

...the winner of the jelly roll and text fabric scraps from the Quilting Gallery giveaway is...

...which was...

'Flying Blind', please let me have your snail mail address and I'll get the goodies in the post to you tomorrow.

I really, really enjoyed reading about what you think you should be able to do and can't and was really pleased I'm not the only person that can't use the automatic threader on their sewing machine. However, what came across loud and clear was that most people seem to have a phobia of free motion quilting.

All I can say is keep does get better. And the following may help you:
  • this link is where I would go to first, in terms of you understanding if you have the correct needle and thread for the job, thus sorting out some of your tension issues
  • then I would probably send you here for about as comprehensive an overview of fmq that I can think of
  • here and here if you want some inspiration
  • and finally here for a bulk order if the previous two links have left you feeling depressed and inadequate
  • Alternatively, you may instead decide to flash your cash on either this or this - the latter one was the first book I ever read on machine quilting

This being my last post of 2011, I've assembled a mosaic of all the quilts I finished in the last 12 months. It didn't feel a lot until I started putting the mosaic together. Now I see it, I feel I have more than earned the chance to shift down a quilting gear the next few weeks.

Not completely taking my foot off the pedal though as I started work on this...

...just a quarter done so far.

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your own festivities wherever you may be and I'll see you back here in 2012 for lots more of the same.

Happy Christmas and a Healthy 2012


  1. Thanks so much for the links to FMQ , I have bookmarked them and will go back when I have a little time to explore more. Congrats to the winner and congratulations to you for all you have accomplished in 2011, all the best in 2012.
    Christmas greetings from Nova Scotia

  2. Ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooh thank you!!! Mailing you immediately xxxxxx

  3. Merry Christmas to you, too! Thanks for sharing your quilts. It's always a pleasure to visit with you.

  4. Hope Hadley has bought a lotto ticket this week, she is on a roll! Well done.

    Your mosaic is impressive Alison, I have a particular favourite....
    ....have a great Christmas.

  5. Congrats to Hadley - who must be the luckiest person in blog land :-)

    Have a very Merry Christmas and see you on the other side :-)

  6. It's a beautiful mosaic and I enjoyed watching you make them too. All the best to you for the holidays and for the new year.

  7. Congrats to Flying Blind. I did chuckle when I clicked on the bulk order link...totally not exoecting it haha. I, too started with that same book and just got the second one a few weeks ago. I agree, they are both fabulous books. You have been busy over the year...some beautiful quilts.

  8. Congrats to Hadley.
    Wow lots of beautiful quilts in your mosaic.
    Thanks for all the links, I think the bulk order one might be quite useful.
    Merry Christmas and I'm looking forward to seeing more of your creations next year.

  9. Holy crap, that is a lot of quilting! You keep us inspired :)

    Enjoy your holiday. I will be hanging out at local bars, trying to get a Mountie drunk enough that I can knock him out and stuff him into an envelope to mail to you, as promised. I am dedicated like that.

    Cheers! Chat soon.

  10. Congrats to Hadley!

    Wow, what a stunning mosaic! Thanks for being so creative and sharing it with us :)

    Wishing you and yours a Happy Christmas x

  11. I can't believe how jammy that Hadley one is! Have you any idea how many times she has won lately?!!! Well done on a really productive year (loving the bargello). Have a great Christmas and 2012. Jxo

  12. Hadley! I love her but she wins everything! Trying to pick my favourite make in your mosaic but can't. What an amazingly productive year!

  13. Wow Hadley again ?? I can't believe it - must really go round and raid her house!

    Alison your mosaic is stunning - obviously cave dwelling has its advantages - no distractions! Hehe! You have lots of truly beautiful finishes - put your feet up and chill! You deserve it - and my does that next project look dramatic!

  14. Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you too!

  15. Your mosaic is FABULOUS!!! Congrats on a beautiful, wonderful, productive year:) Looking forward to your projects in 2012 (no pressure)

  16. WOW! You've made so many wonderful quilts this year - I'm really impressed (I did see every single of them, but didn't realize too that there were so many). My favorite is probably mini for swap with lone star.

  17. I can't believe Hadley's won again, she's a jammy sod! (But lovely with it so that's ok!) Wonderful mosaic, I love them all but the one that really sticks in my mind is your scrappy DP quilt - there are nights I dream about it, that's how much I love it!

  18. The mosaic is lovely, your latest project looks great too. Happy Christmas!

  19. I'm very impressed with the quilts you've made this year and I love your work in progress, such stunning colours.

  20. the finishes are fabulous ... the start ... that will be just amazing!


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