Friday, July 18, 2014

{Post 1,378} Machine Quilting Again

I have had this quilt top and backing since August 2013.  Couldn't let quite a year go by without starting it.  So much has happened to keep me from getting to it.  But here it is.

The top picture was taken so I could remember how I quilted the corners.  I made up a swirl in the center with an 8-point flower coming off of it.  The border is done in a large feather.  I am trying something new.  Quilting all the way down the quilt, then reloading it sideways so I can stitch what are now the side borders horizontally.  That way I won't be advancing the quilt over and over and having to break thread and start over.  Cross your fingers for me.

I have had the thread break over and over.  It is so frustrating and takes the joy out of an otherwise pleasant occasion.

The back had to be pieced (I thought it was ready for me).  This belongs to a friend.  It sports the blocks that were meant for embroidery.  Someone painted them for her instead.  I am using a variegated peacock-colored thread on the colored fabrics and invisible on the white blocks.  

My quilting skills are rusty.  They are not that great anyway, so I decided to do a simple meander in the embroidered blocks.  That was for two reasons.  One is that I had no idea how the invisible thread would behave.  Secondly, I could not come up with a pattern that wouldn't have looked dreadful.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

{Post 1,377} Churn Dash Mini Finished

Here is my latest mini...a 14-1/2" square Churn Dash.  It is made from all shirts in my burgeoning collection.  I love sewing with shirts.  I guess I'd also love sewing with reclaimed fabric.  It's the old use it up mindset, I guess.

The bottom picture shows it playing with friends.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

{Post 1,376} Mini, Mini, on The Wall

Who's the fairest of them all?  My clips came in today.  Sadly (but possibly fixably) they are too narrow to hang over the back edge of the yardsticks.  They perch up there just fine, but it would be better if then went over the top edge.  This does make changing them out very easy.  72" of mini quilts.