Monday, 24 March 2014

More learning curves...

This is another test piece for a larger work that I have in mind for a quilt show later this year. This is one of 9 squares (although the final version might have more).


This is a motif called 'hour glass'. Each square will be done in a different colour, using a different motif. At the end, there is, I hope, a bit of a surprise which I won't tell you now, because I want to know if you can see it. I've dyed material in the same colour as the thread to frame each square. I've been working in black and white for a bit. It is stunning, but I do miss colour! There is no doubt quilting on white makes the quilting really stand out, so this is a bit of a compromise.

In the recent black and white pieces, I've quilted the motifs in 'straight' rows. I say straight, because I don't mark them and they certainly wouldn't match up with any ruler! Here, I do mark the curves. I tend to stitch the parallel-lined curves first, then fill them in with the motif. I don't try and keep the 'parallel' line perfectly parallel. In fact, I often deliberately try to vary them a bit, opening up at the apex of a curve. Distorting the pattern to fit the resulting shapes is perhaps my favourite part of quilting.

Thanks for dropping by...

Hilary Florence

Please find below a list of linky parties. I may not link with all of the every week, but with some of them most weeks. Please go and have a look at some of the other wonderful quilts and quilters there.
Anything goes Mondays @ http://marelize-ries.blogspot.co.uk/
Linky Tuesday at Free motion by  the river­­­­ @ http://www.conniekresin.com/
Fabric Tuesday @http://quiltstory.blogspot.co.uk/    
Sew cute Tuesday @ http://www.blossomheartquilts.com/ 
Show and tell Tuesday @ http://ihavetosay.typepad.com/randi/
WIP Wednesday at freshly pieced   @   http://www.freshlypieced.com/
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WIP Wednesday at TN + TN  @ http://needleandthreadnetwork.blogspot.ca
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I Quilt Thursdays @ http://prettybobbins.com/
Really Random Thursdays @ http://www.liveacolorfullife.net/
Needle and Thread Thursday @ http://myquiltinfatuation.blogspot.co.uk/
Off the wall Fridays @ http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.co.uk/


33 comments:

  1. I love your work, each week you are so inspiring :D

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  2. How interesting a design! It looks like the number 5 in different directions! How cool and a great filler!

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  3. Wonderful! Thanks for sharing your design and process.
    I've just started FMQ: how many years before I can do this too?

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  4. Beautiful! I love the variations in the design - I do the same. . . mostly because there is now way I can keep them consistent :) and I really think it adds interest.

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  5. More fab quilting there! Thanks for sharing some of the process with us too.

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  6. Your fmq is amazing, Hilary. Such interesting designs. I agree.... at this time of year, we could use some colour to cheer us up!

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  7. Love your work! Great inspiration for me.

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  8. I love the quilting - it makes me think of jigsaw pieces.

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  9. Wow! .. that's quite a bit beyond my skills ... but I love it!

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  10. The quilting on this is stunning. Do you do it on your home machine?

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  11. Your quilting is amazing! I just love the black thread on white fabric. Fabulous motifs too!

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  12. Wonderful! What a great motif for FMQ!

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  13. Exceptionally beautiful design!

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  14. This would be stunning on so many different quilt tops. Again you have given me something to think about. Thank you!

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  15. This is lovely. I am not sure I could get muscle memory going to do it justice. I tend to lose the design after about 20 times...getting worse instead of better with practice. :)

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  16. I found I could get lost in the design. As usual, it's stunning. I'm really intrigued about where you're heading with this.

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  17. Hi, Hilary. Just LUV your FMQ and the freedom of it.
    best, nadia

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  18. Wonderful precision. "hour glass' is the perfect name for the motif.

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  19. I love this motif. Looking forward to future posts.

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  20. beautiful motif- it's so detailed!

    Thanks so much for showing this off at Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  21. Your work looks amazing. Do you do the quilting on a regular domestic machine?

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  22. Absolutely Fabulous work Hilary!! Thank you so much for sharing your smooth, consistently wonderful stitching design. Love it. I have become your new follower:) best, deborah You can find me at: http://deborahstanleyinspirations.blogspot.com/

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  23. It is amazing how complex a design can be made from a simple motif. Can't wait to see more.

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  24. This pattern is new to me - I like how it turns the corner at one point!

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  25. The curves make this really incredible, I have to pin this to try it some time!

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  26. Your stitching is amazing. Something to aspire to.

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  27. wow, your quilting is amazing! Can't wait to see the quilt you will be using this design for! :)

    Thank you for linking up to Fabric Frenzy Friday!
    -Lindsey
    Fabric Frenzy Friday

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  28. Hi Hilary! I'm new to your blog and very inspired! I added ya to my blogroll so I can continue to follow! Hope ya stop by! myplvl..blogspot.com Val:)

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