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Monday, October 22, 2012

Back to Quilting

I've been quilting the last couple of days. I have gotten better enough that I felt up to sitting at the machine. The class project which is both a Work in Progress and an UnFinished Object has gotten to the point where I am going to put it aside once more. Almost all of the quilting is done except for the corner stones, and if I push ahead now, I'll do something just to get it done.


This time the color is almost right, but those borders are purple, not blue.

This detail photo is a pretty good one. I chose to do a pale beige on white for a reason. When I started I did not want to be able to actually see the stitches, just the texture. And I got the look I was looking for.

I also learned a huge amount about Free Motion Quilting doing this project. I wouldn't be as unhappy if my stitches showed at this point.

I did the class project for one very important reason. I needed to learn the things that were being taught in that Craftsy class, and also some of the other places I visit regularly. The borders, for example, are more from Leah Day's ongoing class on Free Motion than anything else. And the background pattern is as much from her Paisley design as from the one I learned in Ann Peterson's class. I also wanted to get good enough to quilt another UnFinished Object, the Bed Scarf I made a few months ago and only partly quilted.

Here is a good photo of one block on the bed scarf. I had multiple reasons why I wasn't quilting it.  I had no idea what to do with it, for one thing. And I certainly did not have the skills to even make an attempt. I'm pretty sure I know what I am going to do now, however.

I'm going to stitch in the ditch, with invisible thread and my walking foot all around all of the colored pieces in each block. I stitched in the ditch with white thread all around the sashing and white borders. But I don't want white thread anywhere near the colored pieces. The invisible thread will secure the blocks to the batting and backing, but it won't show.

I'm going to use a variation of the leaf border I did in the class project in the white sashing and borders and the same Flowing Lines border that I did in the class project in the large outside print border. I'm not sure what if anything I'll be doing in the white areas of the blocks, but I've got time to decide at a later point. Once all of the areas of a quilt are stabilized with stitching in the ditch it is possible to to Free Motion Quilting anywhere.

When all of the quilting is finished here and in the class project, I've got three UFOs to bind and I've decided I'll do them all one after the other with the bed scarf last.

Take care all.

12 comments:

  1. Beautiful quilting! Don't be afraid to let your stitches show!

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  2. Stunning Quilting, major well done and a great combination of designs. Am very interested in what a bed scarf is?

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  3. B, right now I have an afghan folded at the bottom of my bed. I have put 5 of the blocks pictured above in a row and put borders on them. When finished they will sit on the bottom of my bed. I didn't want a full scale bed quilt. So I made something smaller.

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  4. Your FMQ looks great. Love the purple.

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  5. Oh your quilting is so stunning. Love all the flowers and leaves.

    blessings, jill
    visiting from WIP freshly pieced

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  6. Oh, I love your quilting!!! I am following Leah Day - I just started FMQ in January. Isn't it amazing how much you can learn especially doing a good size project! ~Jeanne

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  7. What great quilting! And good to get back into it, isn't it? I use variegated thread for a lot of things, have you tried that?

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    1. I've tried variegated threads for some other things, but I didn't want my stitches to show on this project. The photos don't show the grossly uneven stitching, especially on the parts I did early in the project. I did the project because I was pretty certain I'd get better as I did it, and that is what happened.

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  8. Your projects are lovely, and really great quilting. I have learned so much from Leigh and I love her easy going manner..gives encouragement and confidence.

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    1. I've learned a huge amount from Leah Day.

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  9. Your quilting came out so very nice. I have not been brave enough yet to do a wholecloth approach like your top block.

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  10. Thank you all for your kind words. And for letting me know that you visited my blog.

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