Another Finish – Mod Style

I am happy to report that I finished another quilt! Yippee (jumping up and down).

You may recall I made this quilt as part of a quilt-along last summer. I used Mod Girls fabrics by the fabulous Jennifer Paganelli, creator of Sis Boom fabrics. I love how colorful the simple rail fence blocks look with these colorful fabrics.

Finished Mod Girls Quilt

I spent so many hours last weekend doing free-motion all over this gem. I know, it doesn’t sound like a fun way to spend a weekend if you’re not into sewing. A mix of John Mayer’s songs proved to be a great playlist to listen to over and over while I quilted the day away. I was so relieved to have a full weekend to spend finishing my unfinished quilt projects.

The quilting went pretty well for me, which was a relief since this was the first large quilt I did free-motion quilting all over. It measures 58 inches wide by 78 inches tall. I think I only crossed lines once or twice, and my stitches weren’t always perfectly even, but I am very happy with how it turned out.

Backing of Mod Girls Quilt

I pieced the backing with a pink stripe through the middle, and then used the scraps I trimmed off the backing to piece together the binding, which worked out quite well.

Binding on Mod Girls Quilt

Since I have fabric scraps left over from this project, I might have to make another one of those string-pieced pillows to match this quilt! I am excited to use this one, especially during this time of year when I’m craving color and looking forward to signs of life in our gardens.

Here’s My Practice

I spent an entire day over the weekend practicing my machine quilting and free motion quilting, and had the best day!

This is my first string-pieced quilt, on which I practiced straight lines.

quilting my string pieced mini

This is my triangle-square mini, with more straight lines and in-the-ditch quilting:

quilting a triangle-square miniNow on to the free motion quilting practice. I put two fat quarters together, and just went for it! Here’s a shot of the front and back:

free motion on fat quartersHere’s a closeup of that one. I think this fabric, from the Midwest Modern 2 collection, would be fun to quilt following the floral designs. Not sure what to do with this piece – maybe turn it into some kind of tote bag.

closeup of free motion on MM2

I had a few charm squares left over from this quilt, so I made a mini and quilted it:

quilted charm miniHere’s a close-up:

charm squares closeupIt’s fun to look closely at the quilting after you’re finished, and notice some random shapes. I found one spot that looked like a wavy leaf or tree.

I just have to finish sewing on the binding to these mini quilts, and then I will post pictures of the finished projects. I really love working on mini quilts – such a great way to use up scraps and experiment with different designs and quilting. Next up, quilt this one and this one.

Free Motion Practice

I had a few squares left over from my nine-patch swap, so I took the opportunity to practice my free motion quilting, something I have always wanted to master.

free motion practiceIf you already do your own machine quilting, you know how much fun this is!

free motion blocksI felt really good with this practice session, and now I can’t wait to get to the quilt tops that have piling up, waiting to be finished. My least favorite thing about quilting larger quilts is the basting step. All those pins, ugh. Does anyone else use basting spray?

4-patch quilting practice




I’m going to practice on the mini quilt tops I finished piecing this week. You will definitely see more of this from me – you can count on that!