I have a mini to quilt this weekend as part of my book review for the Craft Book Month blog hop organised by Craft Buds.  The one I’ve chosen to do is actually a shrunk down version of a full sized quilt from the book, but it has some fabulous regular quilting and FMQ in it which I’d love to try and replicate.  So, imagine if you will, that this is actually one very large block containing rectangular frames on top of 4 large rectangles, all in solids (and if you happen to be able to guess from that which book it is, don’t guess in the comments please, I’m trying to keep some semblance of illusion that I can keep a secret ;o) ).  In the original, within each background rectangle there’s different quilting, quite densely done, including pebbles, wiggly lines and a kind of tessellating snail pattern (which I’m sure there’s a more technical name for)  then on top of the rectangular frames it’s the same straight line driven pattern.

Now here’s the problem.  Thus far my FMQ has extended to stippling, and that’s it, but I’m determined to practice and do better, so this mini seems the ideal victim creation to try things out.  I really want to get to grips with the pebbles, because I want to use that on my Prince Charming bubble quilt, and I’m also sure my wiggly lines could stand some work as it would actually push me to use one of my decorative stitches rather than only ever using straight lines!  The last one though is my real challenge.  I’m definitely not up to the tessellating snails, so what would you suggest?  Should it be FMQ or regular quilting with my walking foot?  I’m going to try the straight lines on the rectangular frames, so it needs to contrast in some way with that.

In the meantime, I’ll leave you with a picture of something I’d love to aspire to.  When I grow up, I want to be Jess

Totally stolen from Jess’ blog ;o)