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Monday, January 23, 2012

Practice, Practice, Practice....with Patsy Thompson

If I've been told once, I've been told a thousand times...practice, practice, practice....and then practice some more and you'll improve you Free Motion Quilting skills.   That's just what I did yesterday...I spent 4 hours with some friends and we all had a chance to practice and learn from Patsy Thompson

Having Patsy work with each one of us at our own pace and level was wonderful.  I'm more of a beginner and my only goal is to be more comfortable and do what ever it is that I can do, without wanting my work to look a certain way.  I don't aspire to become an incredible quilter....I aspire to love the process of making my quilts and have some tools under my belt to be able to do some of my own quilting.  I wanted to practice some Free Motion Embroidery, Trapunto and play with a variety of weight threads....and I certainly had my chance. 

Before I show you my "progress," I thought you'd like to see some of Patsy's work.
 I like the contrast between these two pieces. Patsy used her Appli-K-Kutz die to cut the same feather for each quilt.  It is the weight and choice of threads that Patsy used in the second quilt that makes it look so very different from the first.  

I so admire her choice of colors and how she has chosen to put these pieces together.  Patsy has added Machine Embroidery to her quilting and I absolutely love this corner piece shown above.

You may have already seen this table runner on Patsy's blog.  In real is so much more than what it looks like in photos. 

 Here is the center the photo it looks like the fabric in the center is what gives it the change of color....nope....
Look at the Machine Embroidery....I just love it added to her really grabs me.

 Here are a few more samples her free motion quilting.
 Ok, remember when I said that I just want to improve what I do?  Take a little break....blink a few times...other wise you just might miss just how nice my piece really is....LOL.
 It may not look like much to many of you, but to me this is a sign of real progress and I had a ball stitching on the applique shapes.  The other thing I loved is playing with the different variety of threads.  I had first stitched the little veins on the leaves in the lime green color.  Patsy suggested I use some Floriani (PF 516-the gold tone thread above) thread just inside the lime green and it would make the leaves really pop.  She was absolutely right!!! (No surprise there...but it is incredible to see before your very eyes).

I'm not finished with my flower yet.  Patsy suggested I use Invisifil Thread to go around my flower after I had done the thread embroidery and then do some quilting.  When Patsy says that many quilters under utilize their thread...that is so true of me.  I'm going to continue my Free Motion Quilting practice and use lots of the variety's of threads I own.

The stitching in red in the upper right corner....that's my very first time ever doing any Free Motion as you can see....I've come a long way!!!

Patsy suggested using fabric grade Silicone Spray on the bed of my machine and it really did help quite a bit. I think I was getting tense because my fabric was not sliding as well as it could have in the beginning....just more Practice, Practice, Practice :)

SewCalGal's Free Motion Quilting Challenge is going on so I'm going to have to take more pictures of my practice and submit them.  



  1. Kelly, wow... I can definitely see the progress from the other class. Woo hoo!

  2. I love Patsy's designs and you really did a beautiful job on your piece.


  3. I think you did a great job. I really like the things Patsy does. On another note the silicone spray is fantastic. Years ago I sewed a lot of camper cushions from vinyl and I sprayed the silicone on the machine bed and the vinyl. Works wonders. I sometimes use it on my bed when quilting.

  4. You had a great day and learned a lot, huh? I was at my desk all day. I wish I had been with you!

  5. Patsy is so talented. I'm so happy you introduced me to her, when you recommended I buy her DVDs. I love her DVDSs, books, etc. Oh, how I wish I could take a class with Patsy, or join you two in a quilt (embroidery) sewcial. I definitely am adding such an opportunity to my bucket list. But very happy you had such a wonderful opportunity.


  6. I actually think your flower is much nicer than the teachers's ;-)! Really brave too. I am still to chicken to try anything like it! Well done!

  7. Wow, you've been hobnobbing with a celebrity! I love how your flower is turning out...please do show more pictures as you progress! Those of us that are too chicken to FMQ will enjoy seeing it! :)

  8. You are really making wonderful progress Kelly! I'm not that good at FMQ as I don't practice! I just sit down and do my project, however it may turn out. Done is best! I will say tho the one thing that really helped me was when I got my Juki TL2010Q Machine. I couldn't believe how much my FMQ improved, simply by changing machines.

    MLCQUILTS...what is the name of the silicone spray you use?

  9. Your really are improving. I`d would love to take a class with Patsy, she is so passionate, her excitement makes one believe they can do it. I hope some day she will come to Canada and I could meet her in person and take a class.


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