Sassy Sampler


Bound and done! Finished up my Sassy Sampler quilt and an experiment in free motion quilting. Not even close to perfect, but I am happy with what I am learning. This was a good chance to practice lots of stitches and I tried to force my self to do just that! This quilt is not for anyone in particular and was lingering in my UFO pile, so it was perfect to let loose and stitch like I meant it:)

No marking allowed on this quilt, just free and easy…all the way.

My thread was a beige colored polyester that blended in most areas. *Bonus: Don’t see all the fumbles. *Down Side: It blended so well in some areas it actually made it difficult to see what I was doing, but definitely showed up in the dark brown areas!


Made a skinnier binding this go ’round…2″ strips to start. I usually use 2.5″ strips.


Machine bound, tutorial here.


Had fun with these swirls in the star petals.


Really liked the up and down bars, too. Easier than I thought.(eww…photo bombed by a bug)


Clamshell,  wood grain, pebbles and wierd flame-swirl?…


Most difficult stitch: concentric swirls in two of my corner blocks. I found it very hard to keep the swirls circular. They are a little blobby(?) The other two corners were a paisley design. Much easier and when it gets a little off it doesn’t glare at you. The thread matched so well you can only see any of it in just the right light.

When done I had used 6 Bobbins and a spool and a half of thread(med-size spool). It is pretty stiff with all these stitches, but I haven’t washed it yet. Hoping it will soften up a bit and you probably will not be able to see many of the stitches in the wrinkles anyway.

One more UFO has bit the dust! On to the next.

Keep it Sassy


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  1. Digging all the different quilting patterns! That’s most definitely something I need to practice on.

    That quilt is is going to get super crinkly and awesome. All the different patterns look really pretty on the back. Nice to get a UFO done, I bet you’ll use it a lot. I know I would!

    PS. The bug that bombed your photo looks like an itsy bitsy bird.

  2. Really enjoyed this post, Paula. Love to see all the close ups….. Even the bug – He’s kinda cute! I am sew happy to hear how quilting this UFO enabled you to let go and have fun with it! It is a large project and you did an awesome job. I found the same thing when I gave myself a chance – some quilting designs are easier to feel comfortable with and are more enjoyable to do! Congrats on the Sassy Sampler finish!

  3. Congrats on the finish. I love your swirls in the star petals, and I think any quilt that has flame swirls has to be cool :-)

  4. What’s your conclusion on the 2 inch binding?

  5. Oh, you did a great job FMQing!! Seriously! I like to cut my binding at 2.5 and stitch down a hair over 1/4 inch. What do you do when you cut 2″?

  6. Great job on the quilting! Next time you try these patterns, they will all come so much easier. Can’t wait to see more!

  7. Love it! I’m also finding its mostly a matter of practice and, of course, getting over our perfectionism!

  8. ha! Love the bug.

    This post is really important. Practice is a big deal and is the thing that makes the real difference between professionals and hobbyist. With an art form like this, it is even more important to have “freedom practice”. This quilt will be one of the foundations of your artist journey. That’s an amazing thing right? :)

  9. great job!! It feels nice to finish something a project!! I think you should just rename the quilting for the 2 corner squares and then they will be perfect!! lol

  10. Lots of great looking bits in here – you did so much variety on this quilt!

    I’m so scared of FMQ that the one project I set up specifically to practise FMQ on… I wound up defaulting back to straight line quilting. I really need to force myself into it again :D

  11. What a beautiful quilt and fm quilting. I love the colors and the design. Congrats on the finish!

  12. I love the clamshell. I am doing the bars on my zig zag too. They’re fun! I’ve had the same trouble with using thread that blends. Looks good!

  13. Really nice job with the quilting. Looks great!

  14. Love it! So many great fmq patterns and they all look fantastic!
    It’s going to be absolutely perfect when it’s all washed up!
    I would love to hear your thoughts on the 2 inch binding as well, i’ve been thinking about dropping down.

  15. I think this looks fantastic!! I’ve never done this successfully, so I’m very impressed!! Love it!

  16. Very nice job, I find making concentric circles difficult too. What type of machine are you quilting on? I quilt exclusively free motion stuff and I love it.

  17. What a fun quilt to make! Great practice for all those quilting patterns too! I bet it will soften some with a washing, and lots with use. I’m not sure how big it is, but 6 bobbins doesn’t sound like that much to me.

  18. Wow, Paula! Your different FMQ designs look amazing! Good for you for experimenting with it. Sometimes I feel like I fall into the “comfort trap.”

    I’m so glad you shared this at Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  19. Love your sampler!! the colors are so pretty :)

  20. Wow, awesome job! I just went back and looked at your binding tutorial — I’m definitely going to try stitching along the seam next time! I’m getting tired of finishing by hand and yours looks great!

  21. Such a great finish! I really love the colors that you used and great job on all the different FMQ designs.

  22. love this quilt. Your color combination is perfect and the placement of your blocks. I have this page bookmarked for future inspiration..

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