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November FMQ challenge

I have to be honest with you. I didn’t think I would be able to finish up the year-long challenge. This time of year gets so busy.

I’ve been doodling in my little book, reading quilt magazines, doing some handwork, and cyber quilting (this means Pinterest, EQ, and Craftsy) but I haven’t been at my sewing machine for weeks.

I finally just grabbed some fabric and batting and followed Sarah Vedeler’s directions for swirls. It was easier than I anticipated. I truly believe this is because of the months and months of practice. The first time I saw swirls I was scared to death, scratching my head and sure I would never be able to do them.

I made this cute little purse out of my challenge piece. It went together in a snap.

One more Christmas present done and a challenge to boot. I’m thrilled!

Swirls are so much fun!

If swirls scare you I highly recommend you follow the tutorials at Sew Cal Gal’s FMQ challenge or if you are a visual learner like me try Craftsy.

It is an excellent platform for learning something new.

  • The classes are very affordable
  • You get to use them FOREVER!
  • You can watch them over and over
  • You can ask the teacher for help if anything is unclear, but they are so packed with information, that everything is very clear
  • You can share with others in your class
  • It is really cool and all accessible from your own home
  • They are on sale now.

I highly recommend the Quilting Negative Space with Angela Waters or the Free Motion Quilt Along with Leah Day.  They are both jam-packed with wonderful free motion quilting tips and techniques. I have taken both and enjoyed them so much. I will watch them again and again.

Online Quilting Class

All the pieces

My new pocketbook.

I have been so busy filling out forms and doing research about launching my new business that I haven’t had time for much fun stuff. I have managed to squeeze in a little sewing time.

I made a purse. I had to. My old one was falling apart.

I’m very picky when it comes to my pocketbook. I like lots of pockets, but I do not like it to be too big. I’m not a teenager so I don’t want something hip and I’m not ready for what my mom calls my grandma bag. I hope I don’t offend anyone. I just want something in between and practical.

All the pieces

Lots of pieces with clearly marked labels

Although you can see my fabric choices are not quite those of a practical person.

I love cats!

My favorite new tool!

Here is an inside pocket. I love this little iron. It is so handy.

I will post finished pictures of my purse when there is no more paperwork.

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Quilting



Original Wool Cat Design