ALYOF – February Finish


My goal was to finish piecing my Virtual Quilting Bee blocks from Diary of A Quilter.  At the time that I made the goal my plan was to include the sashing that Amy had used to complete hers.  Thanks to a few very helpful comments on that post I decided to skip the sashing and go with my first instinct.  I really liked the way they looked without the sashing.  I promise it wasn’t just because I’m lazy.  I also didn’t have a real need for a big quilt and I thought this would look nicer as a spring time throw for my couch.  My only regret was that I didn’t plan to piece it this way from the start.  If that had been my original plan I probably would have placed some of the fabric differently in order to make the secondary pattern stand out more.  I’ll have to remember to consider that next time.


For the back I used more of Happy Go Lucky.  I took advantage of a great sale and was able to get several yards of this at $6/yd.  Love when that happens.  It felt really good to finish this one.  My goal was to finish piecing the top, but I decided to take it a step further and finish it up with some straight line quilting and I went back to my machine binding for this one.  I did the straight line quilting with my walking foot and it took F O R E V E R.  I never thought I would say this, but I prefer FMQ’ing so much more.  I know a lot of folks use their FMQ’ing foot for the straight line quilting and I think I’m going to give it a try next time.  Even if it isn’t perfect it has to be more fun (and maybe a little faster?).  I’d love some feedback from you guys.  How do you straight line quilt, with the walking foot or the darning foot?  Any tips or tricks?

Thanks for reading along,



9 thoughts on “ALYOF – February Finish

  1. The quilt is beautiful. I’m just a beginner at FMQ quilting and I love my walking foot – I’m not much good with my darning foot – I have trouble turning my images in my head – I know that sounds funny for someone who was a math major. I’ve had chemo and I have fibromyalgia – both effect my recall – so I am more content with my walking foot. I’ve just had to learn to adapt. So, I’m really not one to ask about darning vs walking foot.

  2. Awesome finish. I love your straight line quilting, I just finished a quilt yesterday and I did not quilt it with straight lines. I am really regretting that decision. Next time I will follow my gut and use my walking foot.

  3. Congrats on a gorgeous finish, Mara! Love the backing and binding, too. Just completes this quilt so perfectly! If I am doing straight line quilting, I use the walking foot and a 3.5 or 4 stitch length setting. Yes, FMQ is fast and fun, but for straight lines I would still use the walking foot. But that’s just me!

  4. LOVE!!! Everything, colors, blocks, no sashing, quilting, absolutely everything!! I use my walking foot to do straight line quilting. It is tedious. Not much fun. I do find that it is much faster if I actually mark the lines – I know, more tedium but it seems to make the actual quilting go faster. But I love the look. I set my stitch length LONG 🙂 4.5 usually.

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