Friday, October 21, 2011

Serial Killer Sewing: FMQ Friday

I was pretty excited to do this week's FMQ.  I thought the Slate Tiles FMQ was going to be a pattern that I really loved...hahahhahaaa...so I was pretty surprised when I found it tedious at first!  I don't know if it was because I started with my blocks too tiny or what.  But once I gave myself the freedom to kind of play around a bit with different sizes and orientations then it went much better.  I would love to do this on a large scale with some smaller blocks inside larger ones.  Hmmm...would be great to do on a QAYG!

This is the pattern as it is meant to look:


And this is my version:  I did a poor job of picking thread that would stand out...so squint?

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The back was all sorts of messed up.  See how the threading is all uneven with the top stitch barely visible?  Then I realized it was because I was using a feature on my bobbin that is supposed to hide the stitching.  I wanted to try it with some piecing I was finishing up.  This hiding the thread is Good for sewing clothes, not so good for FMQ.  I will have to go back and sort this out.

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These are the lovely leather driving gloves I bought with my mother years ago in Paris.  They only cover half the hand and were perfect for holding the rails while riding the Subway in NYC...but they've been sitting in my closet until I thought hunh, maybe I could use these for FMQ?  Hahahaha, wearing gloves really does give a new dimension to the FMQ practice, more grip on the fabric if that makes sense.  But hahahahaa, the black leather made my mind wander last night and made me think that I looked like a serial killer...then my memories went further back to an Alfred Hitchcock movie with some scene of Carey Grant and a car driving wildly...like...

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To Catch a Thief (1955) starring Carey Grant and Grace Kelly


Hahahahaa...so where does your mind wander while you are sewing?  Linking up to Fluffy Sheep Quilting - go check out everyone else's FMQ Progress!

- rebecca lynne

P.S. If you stopped by last week and left a comment on my FMQ Post I am SO SORRY IF I HAVEN'T RESPONDED TO YOUR COMMENT OR STOPPED BY YOUR BLOG YET!  I am still catching up on my emails whilst I was away.  I promise I will be by soon...in fact, I'll come visit to see your work this Friday.  Do forgive me!  I truly appreciate all your comments and feedback!  Thanks!

21 comments:

Dianne Neale said...

Great that you have experimented with the size of the tiles. Looks good.
The gloves are funny. Although like you say, they are a bit sinister!

Dianne Neale said...

Great that you have experimented with the size of the tiles. Looks good.
The gloves are funny. Although like you say, they are a bit sinister!

Archie the wonder dog said...

I did it again! I saw the first photo and thought 'flipping heck, she's good!' and then realised it was Leah's sample ;o) Love the look of your sample - well done! The gloves are a tiny bit sinister. Stylish but sinister!

Annabella said...

Oh you are one smart cookie - LOVE your take on today`s FMQ, and dreams of serial killers and Carey Grant clearly did the trick. I started off too small as well and only went a bit bigger as I was too mean to make a bigger sandwich to practice on.

Strawberry Patch said...

love the little blocks around the big blocks and the wonderings of your mind made me smile. I find that I sing 'its beginning to look a lot like christmas' over and over in my head - must be all the festive sewing I am doing!

Jill@northstarquilting said...

Your squares are lovely but I can see why the itty bitty ones made you frustrated. The gloves are a fab idea but I wonder what somebody would think if they walked in on you.

Irene said...

That's really nice Rebecca. Like the gloves!

Katie said...

You crack me up! Love your variation on this so much more than the little tiles. I'll be posting my attempt this afternoon.

Erin @ Billy Button Design said...

I still find gloves hard to get use to but I'll have to give them a go tomorrow. I think your tiles are fantastic...very creative too. Well done!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Yeah quit putting the picture up - I actually gasped then realised it's not yours!! Having said that yours is REALLY good! I love the free free motion quilting!! I thought about throwing some different squares in there too until I realised I couldn't do them! hahaahha.
I laughed out loud at the serial killer remark!! Thanks for the Carey Grant picture :)

mammafairy said...

I love your crazy paving with the tiles, it looks so effective. I also love your message at the top of the comments boxIt is so friendly and welcoming

Live a Colorful Life said...

Funny post. Funny about the gloves. I like your different-sized squares too.

Pat said...

I found the pattern tedious too! I love you variation!

Manda said...

Lol love the gloves! I like your tiles all different sizes!

Jodi B. said...

Rebecca Lynne,
You must be a creative type. I love the multi sized squares. My type A brain would never have thought of that. I can't wait to see your next fmq variation.
Jodi B

Lynn said...

Hey FMQ out of the box, I like it, well done you

Nicky said...

Rebecca you have just quilted my patio! And done it really well! Haha crazy lady with your black gloves ! Are you the secret strangler? I love it and your idea of quilting within the squares is great too!

beecee said...

you are hilarious! great gloves, and i love how you switched up the design and made it your own. I too think a QAYG would be brilliant. But I have one too many projects going.

Cindy said...

Oh my goodness this is just hilarious :) You've got me grinning from ear to ear. Look at your psycho killer gloves! Commits crime...runs home to quilt. Ha!
I really like your own interpretation of the quilting- the mix of small and large boxes really is interesting to look at. I like what you're doing a whole lot!

Collette said...

Love the gloves!!! I was actually thinking of using my leather gloves too! Although mine aren't quite as serial killer looking as yours! Seriously though your practises are good. Love them. x

Janine said...

Great squares and no finger prints!