Friday, March 8, 2013

Free Motion Friday - Practice panel

This is a panel I have set up to practice my free-motion quilting.  It's hard for me to take perfectly good fabric and batting just to make a practice sandwich.  I have to have a plan. And the plan for this panel is to incorporate it into a zippered pouch or bag.

Deciding on a quilting design is challenging to me.  It seems that when I sit down with a quilt in front of me, my brain goes blank.  I conclude that I need to practice more.

I used a royal blue 100% polyester thread on the top and a light blue for the bobbin.  When I flipped it over to check my stitching, I liked the look of the back as much as the front.
I have a diamond project in the works for the future so I traced a couple of them to establish a shape to begin with.  This was my first attempt at quilting a pebble pattern.  I found it a bit tedious for me; but this is a good filler if you want a really flat outcome like for place mats or handbags.

I'm linked up with FMQ Fridays over that the Free Motion Quilting Project.  Check it out!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Quilting,


  1. Awesome. Your FMQ is wonderful. And this is just a practice piece? Impressive.

  2. Great work, its really very pretty.

  3. This looks great! I also cringe at the idea of using perfectly good quilt store fabric for practice runs so I decided to pick up a 1/2 yard pack at AC Moore for $3 to get my FMQ on. It lets me build some quilt muscle memory on new designs without ruining LQS ($$) fabric.

  4. My practice sandwiches are destined to be placemats. I like the idea of using them for a bag. Your practice looks awesome :)

  5. Great job Lady Di, can't wait to see it in person.

  6. Absolutely your design, particularly the frame with the swirls. Very effective. Did you mark all those lines or did you do them freehand...looks all so consistent. Beautiful job

  7. I too find it hard to decide what to quilt, your panel looks amazing!!

  8. It turned out great! I especially like the swirls on the sides. I use scraps of batting (trimmed off of quilts) and larger scraps of fabric or muslin for practicing on.

  9. Your practice looks perfect! What kind of machine are you using? I really like your 2 newest dishcloths also. Do you have a link for the round pattern?

    1. I use my Ellure embroidery/sewing machine by BabyLock for my FMQ and some piecing.

  10. This is practice? Amazing. You do beautiful work!


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