practice quilting

Free Motion Practice Octopus

So… as some of you know, I’m practicing my free motion quilting so I can successfully quilt my hand-pieced squid.  The squid is just sitting there staring at me and I can hear it yelling “hurry up and quilt me already!”  I’m a little afraid because I really, really want to do it justice… and I’m just a little too lazy to hand-quilt it.

That said, I did a little practicing over the weekend, I’m getting much better at the circles! I’m still not sure how I will do the ‘water’ part of the quilt and so I think I’ll need at least one more project under my belt before I hunker down and get to work!

octopus quilting practice

It ended up looking kind of cool, so I decided to make it into a wall hanging.  With the last few things I’ve stitched together, I have lamented not having labels or a way to “tag” my finished pieces.  So I thought I’d have some made and found out they are just satin ribbon with a print… and since we have our own printing studio, I kicked my hubby in the butt and got him to print some simple label tags for me.

quilt label

We printed them on some satin ribbon I had laying around, and they turned out great!  With new tags, I was so excited… I went and finished this little octopus piece (with a label) and I’m just about to sew the sleeves on the back so I can hang it up!

small quilted octopus quilt

small quilted octopus quilt

small quilted octopus quilt





4 responses to “Free Motion Practice Octopus”

  1. Jill Avatar

    Gail, this turned out great, and I love your cute little tags! You are so ready for the big squid…

  2. happy zombie Avatar

    I just love this so squidly much!!

  3. Lynette Foxen Avatar

    You think like I do with projects, Gail. I love this (and your labels!)and I feel sure that it will be all and more than you hope it to be.

  4. Karen's Cross Stitch Corner Avatar

    Love it Gail, the quilting looks great…Ive got to get a walking foot for my machine and start learning again! Love the labels too…very chic!

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