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DP9 Progress and Sewing for Me

I’ve finished hand basting my Disappearing Nine Patch and it’s ready to quilt.

DP9 hand basted and ready to quiltFor the DP9 blocks I’ve decided to free motion quilt them alternating between dragonflies and butterflies.  So I’ve been doodling some dragonflies.

Dragonfly doodles

As you can see… some of my dragonflies are pretty strange looking but the doodling helped me to figure out how I could fmq in a continuous line without a lot of stops and starts.

The one that is circled wasn’t too bad so on a clean piece of paper, I traced it at different angles joining the dragonflies with some loops.   Today in between other projects, I’ll take a pencil and follow those lines to practice the motions.

Dragonfly quilting pattern

Once I think I’ve got the feel of it, I’ll do a practice sandwich to see if I can translate the doodled dragonflies onto fabric.   If that doesn’t work, I’ll make a stencil that I can use to transfer the pattern to the fabric in my DP9 quilt.  Then I’ll just follow those lines when I’m free motion quilting.

In the meantime though, I’m finishing up sewing something new for me.

Hemming in progress

A couple more steps, a good pressing and it will be ready.  I’m hoping the sun stays out so I can get some good photos later this afternoon.

For some other fun news… yesterday, this mini charm pack arrived in the mail.

Embroidery and coordinating mini charm pack

My entry was drawn in June’s Ho Ho Ho and On We Sew link party and I was allowed to choose any mini charm pack that I wanted from Fat Quarter Shop.  Thank you so much Fiona @ Celtic Thistle Stitches and Paula @ Mud Pies and Pins for organizing the link parties and to Ruth over at Charly and Ben’s Crafty Corner who was June’s party host.  Thanks also to Fat Quarter Shop for sponsoring this sweet little prize.

Now I can finally get my Seeds of Friendship embroidery turned into a pretty bolster cover.

What are you working on today?





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  • Lizzie Lenard aka Muv
    July 23, 2015 5:13 pm

    Hello Super Mom,

    Such an important stage of the process – route planning. Or should I say planning a flight path? Your dragonflies will look wonderful flying over those gorgeous red flowers.

    Nice machine, too.

    Thank you for linking up with Free Motion Mavericks!

    Love, Muv

  • Dena
    July 19, 2015 12:31 am

    I love the dragon flies! I practice on paper too. How do you baste your quilts? On a frame?

  • HeathersSewing Room
    July 16, 2015 7:01 pm

    I really enjoyed reading your quilting process and think your dragonfly doodle looks really fun. Happy Quilting

  • Mary Anne
    July 16, 2015 5:56 pm

    The machine quilter used a dragonfly pattern on my second of The Quilt-zzzzz and it was my favourite of the two. Once I finished Quilt-zzzz # 3 I will have to decide on a pattern and it might just be dragonflies again.

  • Sarah Vee
    July 16, 2015 1:57 pm

    Love the dragonflies! thanks for sharing your design/doodling process. I’ m still watching and not participating in FMQ;)

  • Rachel
    July 16, 2015 8:30 am

    I do hope the dragonflies work out – I love that idea!

  • Gina
    July 16, 2015 3:00 am

    I love the design you’ve chosen to quilt the D9P. THat mini charm pack will be just right for the bolster. So pretty

  • Maria
    July 16, 2015 2:04 am

    A great way to FMQ the dragon flys.. Lovely embroidery too.

  • Celtic Thistle Stitches
    July 16, 2015 2:58 am

    I love your plans for the quilting, looking forward to seeing the result!
    Glad to see that your mini charm pack will come in useful too 🙂

  • Preeti
    July 15, 2015 9:27 pm

    Your quilt top is beautiful. I am sure that the dragonflies will add to its beauty. Good luck with FMQ.

  • laurel
    July 15, 2015 5:27 pm

    Gorgeous quilt, Susan! Thanks for sharing your process and drawings of the dragonflies. Please post a photo of your finished quilt!

    Thanks for posting to TN&TN’s WIP Wednesday!

  • Mary
    July 15, 2015 3:47 pm

    The dragonflies and butterflies are going to be fabulous, Sue.

  • Christine B.
    July 15, 2015 3:31 pm

    Hello Sue! Your quilt is going to look fabulous with the dragonflies quilted on it! Looking forward to seeing it! Congratulations on winning the mini charm pack! 🙂 x

  • Doris McCarty
    July 15, 2015 3:53 pm

    Maybe I can guess what your sewing. Hmmm. Your quilt is coming along nicely. It’s very pretty.

  • Angela Grasse
    July 15, 2015 2:48 pm

    Such a gorgeous quilt!

  • Renee
    July 15, 2015 12:20 pm

    Your quilt top is gorgeous! I love the dragonfly fmq you have planned. And your embroidered Seeds of Friendship is gorgeous! The charm pack is darling. Congratulations!

  • Colleen
    July 15, 2015 11:54 am

    nice to see your process for the FMQ. beautiful work on the embroidery too !

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