A Bubbly Table Runner

I am still on my ‘practising free motion quilting’ mode.  Result – another table runner, with lots of negative space to practise fmq, intended as a gift for my cousin. 


Raw edge applique and quilted with bubbles and lines
This time the inspiration was this absolutely stunning quilt from murdockmanor.blogspot.in I found on Pinterest.


A fabulous quilt from http://www.murdockmanor.blogspot.in – inspiration for the fmq
I wish I could quilt half as well! I started off pretty well, quilting this on my little Brother, with the feed dogs up and stitch length set at 0. But then, soon I ran into all kinds of problems.

The loops at the back – I think the problem is with the speed.

Tried several solutions suggested by fellow quilters on my online quilting group, with no improvement. What worked finally was lowering the feed dogs. (I have left the back looking like this! Too lazy to rip it and re-do it!)

Lowering the feed dogs helped.

The front doesn’t look bad at all. Here is a close up. 

A close up of the front

A long- shot of the back…


A view of the back
The colours are not very accurate in these pictures, so I took a couple of photos outside on the terrace, too.


Revealing its true colours!
What is long and thin and green all over?

I now move on to my next UFO, a king size quilt top waiting to be quilted for over five years! I am dreading the basting part – as I have run out of my basting spray, not available here! But first, I have to get the backing together. I am planning to quilt it only very lightly – while I gather the will to get going, please admire the quilting pattern, if not the actual execution!

A learning experience – miles to go , but am on my way!

Author: Mads

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6 thoughts on “A Bubbly Table Runner”

  1. Are you doing the just takes two next? I like this one. One thing with fmq is you never get a solution cut and dry. Got to try all options and something clicks.

  2. Love it! The colors are great, and your bubbles and straight lines are so consistent. Consistency is my big problem with machine quilting. I may execute a perfect motif, only to make the next one way wobbly or too large or whatever. Yours quilting looks very even.

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