broken v modern triangle patchwork quilt by Sharon McConnell
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Quilt in Progress: Broken V FMQ

broken v modern triangle patchwork quilt by Sharon McConnell

Last week I shared that I am working on finishing some Quilts in Progress, and while I am working on getting my Talia quilt top finished, I am alternating some time for free motion quilting on my Broken V quilt. I am so excited to get this in the Finished column! and I am really proud of myself for getting out of my comfort zone a bit.

The pattern for this quilt comes from Christa Watson‘s brand new book, Machine Quilting with Style. The book was just released from Martingale, so I am happy to be among the first to create with it.

broken v modern triangle patchwork quilt by Sharon McConnell


Now, I am definitely not a confident free motion quilter, but I really wanted to take advantage of this book and push myself a bit. I decided to alternate each chevron shape in the quilt design with a different quilting motif, but stuck mostly with variations on simple lines.

My old standby is basic straight lines (no need for scary free-motion) when it comes to quilting my own quilts. I did some (lots) straight line quilting here, but I also forced myself to try a lot of free motion quilting too. Guess what? I loved it. And, I discovered it’s not so scary, at least if you keep it simple: meandering lines using the edge of the presser foot as a guide to keep spacing even and geometric swirls when I felt really brave. The hardest thing for me is to free motion lines that look straight, but I found it easier if I did it either straight away from me or toward me, but not sideways.

learning to free motion quilt, scrappy quilt back


I want to show the back of this quilt because I love the fabric….but had no idea how to use it in piecing for a quilt front (they are kind of like panels from an Alison Glass collection last year, they came with bundles I bought). I had these fat quarters and fat eights, so I just sewed them together and voila! perfect backing.

It will be my turn in Christa’s blog tour for the book soon…so I must get to finishing this quilt!


5 thoughts on “Quilt in Progress: Broken V FMQ

  1. ChristaQuilts says:

    I love what you’ve done so far! Keep up the great work!

  2. Helen LeBrett says:

    Your quilting looks great! FMQ just takes a little bravery and practice! 🙂 You’re doing great with it!! Hugs, H in Healdsburg

  3. Sharon - IN says:

    Great back!

  4. Tammie says:

    What are the dimensions of this quilt?

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