Pattern Making

I decided to try my hand at designing my own foundation paper piecing pattern. All in all, I think it turned out pretty well! 🌵

The finished product!
A close up… the finished block included 27 sections of fabric!
My very first templates didn’t include seam allowances, but I added them as I traced each section onto the tracing paper I would be sewing on.
After making the initial design, I transferred it to some tracing paper.
Deciding to use a directional fabric for the body of the cactus and the background brought another set of challenges, but I learned a lot from the process!
I’ve also been practicing my quilting and getting the stitches on the front and back of the quilt to match… I think I’m making progress.

Have you ever designed your own pattern? How did it go?

Filling the Toolbox

I spent some time this weekend working through an Intro to Free Motion Quilting workshop hosted by HollyAnne Knight at String and Story. It was awesome! I always love to learn new skills and techniques and this was no exception. I’ve got a lot of ideas floating around in my head for pieces I’d like to make soon, and working through quilting and sewing tutorials is helping me build an arsenal of tools to bring those ideas to life. Working in a different medium can be daunting and scary, but it can also jumpstart new ideas. I am really enjoying stepping back into the basics and honing my skills. If you are on the fence about learning a new medium or skill, I would encourage you jump it as fast as you can! Here are some photos from the workshop!

If anyone is interested, HollyAnne is offering another free (!!) Intro to FMQ course on March 17. More info can be found here.

A simple meander.
A loopy meander.
Some switchbacks
My personal favorite- the swirls!
Some quilting ideas for my North Star quilt block (also a pattern from String and Story). Check out my Instagram to see that block!
Exploring another FMQ motif

I have also made a little progress on my Mandolin block! I’m really enjoying this as a project I can take with me and work on when I only have a little bit of time.

Progress on my Mandolin block!