Quilting the Paper Pinwheel quilts is coming along nicely after the free motion quilting practice I did on the placemats. By Wednesday night I had the four 12” blocks on the lap quilt finished before I ran out of thread. A quick trip to the fabric store fixed that but not my sore, aching shoulders.
You see, I’m still learning to relax my shoulders while FMQing. After several hours, I need to take a break and do other things. Late Wednesday evening, I switched to making and attaching the binding on the roosters and hens placemats. Then I spent yesterday hand sewing it to the back of each of them.
As much as possible I’ve been trying to sew from what I have on hand. The binding for the placemats came from fabric I had leftover from making this round tablecloth. (Just as a side note, that tablecloth is one of my most popular and pinned tutorials.)
Two of the placemats were quilted in loop de loops, one in a meander and the one pictured above was done in loops and hearts. Here’s a closer look at that one:
It’s so nice to have fun new placemats for the table as well as another finish to add to my 2015 Finish Along Q1 Goals.
After they’ve been washed a few times, it won’t be as noticeable that the quilting (especially on the first two) could stand improvement. By the time I’m done the paper pinwheel quilts and another set of placemats, I hope to feel ready to tackle some FMQing on the bigger quilt tops that are waiting their turn to be finished.