In those instances where I have decided to machine quilt a project, I like to work on a “warm up” sample to practice a little before starting in. This means that eventually I end up with a little pile of odd-sized quilted pieces with no other purpose in life than to sit there staring at me. So lately I’ve come up with one idea of how to use them and not let them go to waste.
As those of you who are members of my website know, one of our BOM projects this year has involved a series of tutorials for several dimensional flowers. I was also ending up with a little pile of samples from these tutorials that really needed to be used. And it just turns out that when working with dimensional projects, it is best to start out with a quilted and bound piece before attaching the 3D pieces.
So I trim my FMQ samples, and bind them, allowing me to have a little stash of pre-quilted pieces to choose from for my dimensional projects.
Oh, yes. Before I bind the piece, I baste a blank label into one of the corners, and a couple of small sleeves at the top from which to hang the finished piece.
With this system, as I work on my dimensional flower samples I am able to quickly put together a finished piece, in a matter of minutes!
What other things do you do with your free motion quilting samples? Ideas, anyone?