Monday, 24 March 2014

A Finish - Jammy's Jumbos

I finally pulled my finger out and got on with my very first free motion quilting (FMQ) project.  Nothing like a little one's birthday looming to give me the kick up my .... well let's just say the little nudge I needed.

Here it is ... Jammy's Jumbos!

This quilt is for a little girl that absolutely loves elephants.  So I sourced as many elephant fabrics as possible and as they were a bit baby-ish, I added some Tilda fabric from a charm pack I had to make it a little more grown up.

... but there's still plenty of Ellies in there to keep her happy :)

I wasn't sold on the black dot and cream "filler" fabric to start with, but the more I look at it, the more I love it.

I used a cute pink and white elephant fabric from Spotlight for the binding.  I just love the way they dance around the quilt.

So how did I go with the FMQ? ... well you can see from the (warts and all) pics that it's a bit wibbley-wobbley, but man-o-man did I enjoy doing it!  I don't know why I was stressing about it, it was actually quite relaxing and I know that the more I practise, the better I'll get.

So, "cheers", "kampai", "salute" to that!

This is also my second finish for Q1 of the Finish Along hosted by Katy from The Littlest Thistle (tips bubbles down her throat again in celebration!)

Link to original Finish Along List

Serena xx

Quilt Stats:

Size: 51" x 67"
Pattern: Mostly followed "Retro Collections" by Elizabeth William for Australian Homespun Vol 13.10 - but I enlarged the block size because of the scale of the elephant fabric prints and used less blocks.
Fabric: Various elephant prints from Spotlight, Cream and Black Spot from Spotlight, Tilda charm pack
Quilt Backing Fabric by Michael Miller 
Binding: Pink and white Elephants from Spotlight
Thread for piecing and FMQ: Gutermann col. 618

Linking up with:
Sew Cute Tuesday at Blossom Heart Quilts
Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts
I Quilt at Pretty Bobbins


  1. Congrats! Your FMQ looks really good to me , really like the elephants partying on the back!

  2. Great job on your first go at FMQ!!! Very pretty!

  3. Your FMQ is great for your first try! I'm still trying to move away from squiggles and loops!

    1. Just started following you! Fun to find another Aussie, and one in Perth too!

  4. your FMQ is brilliant! such a pretty quilt

  5. Well done! I made an elephant quilt yesterday for a niece that's about to be born.

  6. Wow the quilt looks fabulous, she will love it!

  7. Great job on your FMQ! I am having trouble getting comfortable with it, too, but I guess you just have to keep trying!

  8. Lovely work and very pretty for a little girl. Well done!

  9. Lovely work and very pretty for a little girl. Well done!

  10. How cute this is and a wonderful job you did quilting it!

  11. Those elephants are so CUTE! This quilt will certainly be a treasure. Congratulations on your first fmq adventure. It looks fabulous! Glad to hear you had fun with it! That backing and the binding just set the whole thing off. Love it!

  12. Great fun elephants and beautiful FMQ; I love the string of flowers. It's amazing you managed to find such fun fabric for the backing too.
    I'm just starting FMQ too, and put off starting my first project for about a month, telling myself I had to practise on more little squares first. Taking the plunge is always hard, but the recipients aren't the quilt police so they never notice the wobbles!

  13. I like the pink elephants on parade around the border. Nice work.

  14. Those elephants are fun, especially the ones parading around on the binding! Great job on the fmq too. Thanks for linking with TGIFF.

  15. Way to go on the FMQ! You did a great job! I love your colour palette and fabric selections for the background and the binding.

  16. Congrats on your finishes, love those ellies!



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