Quilting On A Friend Going Home

Quilting on a Friend is on it’s way home.  Still, The Rolling Stones were singing Waiting on a Friend from their Tattoo You album while I was quilting.  Humming under my breath, I’m just quilting on a friend and having a blast doing it too.  Big thank you to Mary for trusting me with this exquisite piece, and letting me practice FMQ.  You won’t see the finished piece here.  First of all, it’s not done as it is missing its binding.  Secondly, it’s Mary prize to share so you’ll have to stalk her website for all the dets.  That link takes you to her post back in October 2017 when it was first complete!

Quilting On a Friend – the Beginning

Details were shared earlier this month, about how Mary and I put our collaborative minds together, and we came up with a plan.  Instagram and Facebook saw a picture as I was snapping on my quilting gloves to begin.  One more was shared to show how helpful my new light was on this snowy day.


I was thrilled with the pattern Mary selected because I could stitch continuously without breaking the thread.  Since I had tried on my acrylic board first, I had the road map in my mind and the center was complete in no time.  Seriously, before lunch and with only 1.5 bobbins.  Here’s a look at the center and the adorable hedgehog fabric Mary selected.

What about the border??

After a nice salad lunch break, I turned my attention to the border.  I had a stencil plan in mind, but would it still be okay?  Sue, what do you think?  Yes indeed it would work – where’s my yard stick.  I’m marking the corners first – they need to be all the same.

MR Border 1

All corners are uniform

Ugg, math is needed to space this out perfectly.  Thirty-one inches divided by 7.5″ isn’t a nice round number.  The Pounce Pad was initially carried out for this project, but the little Clover chalk marker worked even better.  And I wasn’t covered in chalk like I was for good ‘ole Rainy Day.  Someday that will get quilted, too.


MR Border 2

Spacing out the stencil

MR Border 3

Clover chalk marker fit perfectly in the stencil lines!

I extended the stencil marks so that I would remember which line to sew to in each corner.  Now was not the time to mess this up!!

Walking Foot Wonder

I forgot to mention that I tested the chalk on the reverse side to ensure it would come off completely.  It did, thankfully.  Switching out my FMQ foot for the walking foot made this task a breeze.  The photo on the right shows a couple of mountain tops that mimic the half-square triangles.  Quilting on a Friend is a wrap . . . for this time.  Don’t look too closely – it is not perfect by a long mile.  Mary will add the binding and her Random Intentions can find a way to its permanent home.  I’m happy to have a small part in its journey.  I hope we get to do this again.  ~smile~


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16 Responses

  1. chrisknits says:

    Great quilting plan executed perfectly! Well done.

  2. Susan says:

    I think the quilt is lovely, imperfections and all!

  3. It looks lovely, from what I can see. Of course Mary trusts you and for good reason. Math nerds reign!!!

  4. excellent! I’m wondering if you could share a larger photo/overall photo? I’m especially interested in the the combination of curved quilted lines with the straight lines of the piecing and outer border quilting. It seems the curved quilting in the straight piecing really enhances the overall appearance and the ‘straight line’ zigzag quilting on the borders ties it all together…
    Glad it’s going ‘home’!

  5. Barbara Esposito, The Quilted B says:

    Why oh why do we always have to preclude every one of our best efforts with “don’t look too closely it’s not perfect”??? Is anything perfect? NOPE. You got that right…a big ol NOPE! I love this quilting and the most important thing?? It was done with your whole heart with the best intention to bless a friend. From that perspective (my word for 2019) it IS perfect. Perfectly wonderful. You are a wonderful friend. Rant over…+hugs+

  6. Roseanne, I am so thrilled and honored that you quilted this small quilt for me. And I had no idea that the border would involve math, so I’m even more appreciative of all your efforts. Thanks so much, Mary

    • Roseanne says:

      Oh Mary! It was no big deal – nothing I wouldn’t have done for myself anyway. I can hardly wait for you to receive it. I saw it go to the post office from work yesterday around 2pm so Friday I’m guessing! ~smile~ Roseanne

  7. Brenda @ Songbird Designs says:

    Great job, Roseanne! Love the way the back looks as well as the front! Great texture!

  8. quiltinggail says:

    Looks fantastic! Fudging math is what quilting is all about! It’s not an exact science! 🙂
    Happy Quilting! 🙂

  9. Shannon says:

    Great job Roseanne!

  10. WOW!! You did a great job and she will be thrilled. It is so much fun to get something to work the way you want. Do you know the paper trick for stencils? If not, I’ll explain it to you later on… You are a smart cookie so you probably know it.

  11. Vicki in MN says:

    Oh wow that looks great!

  12. sandradny says:

    Beautiful! — But I stopped reading after “math” and just looked at the pictures 🙂

  13. Awesome work Roseanne! Thanks on the Clover marker info; that’s actually one marker I do NOT own ha! I do love their rolling chalk markers and coloured chalk pencils you sharpen. Love too for thatbhedgegog fabric!

  14. Simply amazing Roseanne! Your FMQ looks wonderful:)! My idea of FMQ is a loopy here and there. You have exact curves and points going on here. Great job!!❤️❤️

  15. You’ve come so far in your free motion quilting. It’s really fun to see. You inspire me to get with it and get practicing. But math though – yuck.

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