You always hear “Practice Makes Perfect” well after practicing FMQ flowers all day on Saturday I decided that Perfect is BORING! It is the little variations that make each flower special!
I started trying to just make a flower and not having a clue what I was doing and finally I decided I was making this too difficult and there was no reason to re-invent the wheel. I remembered a friend telling me she watches Leah Day videos and then uses the techniques in her quilts, so I headed to The Free Motion Quilting Project and found a flower pattern that I liked and looked totally doable for my beginner set of FMQ skills. I chose the Sunflower pattern and then scaled it back a bit because I was working with much smaller squares.
Here’s where I started – the fabric is muslin with batting in between. I always have muslin on hand because I like to use it as a quilt back, the scraps work great for FMQ practice!
I decided I was finally getting the hang of it, no, they were not perfect, but they were pretty, and after all, perfect is boring. I just went for it! On Sunday I quilted the Chemo Quilt for my mom. I plan to give it to her for Mother’s Day, she will be up here 2 weeks after which means I get to give it to her in person. Here’s how a few of the flowers turned out! (The yellow and orange fabric is the backing.)
I’m so happy I took the plunge and went for it. No two flowers in nature are exactly the same and I love how these turned out. Do you practice before you start quilting?