Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Machine Quilting

I have been working away on some machine quilting as the temperatures permit. It was my goal to get this quilt finished for my UFO Friendship Quilters meeting at the beginning of September and I think I'll make it!
I pieced all the leftover bits from the blocks into a strip down the back and am so tickled with myself because after I make the binding, there will be hardly any fabric left from this quilt...everything was used up!
This photo shows the backing and the stitch in the ditch - horizontal and vertical seams to anchor it, and then a diagonal chain through the black squares.
Then I had some fun figuring out how to do a continuous line design within the star blocks. This is my favorite part of machine quilting and I find that time just passes so quickly and I am so relaxed (if the thread doesn't break and give me grief, which it's not).
I hope you can see the quilting design I ended up with on this last photo...it's hard to see the white thread on the white backing! The design is quilted free hand and I am my own stitch regulator, so it's not perfect, but it's fun!

10 comments:

debby said...

looks fantastic!

Vivian said...

Being able to use up everything in a quilt is the best feeling--wish I could do it more often.
Your machine quilting is looking great. I also enjoy the challenge of figuring out a continuous line for a design.
The photos tell the story! Well done.

orchidlover said...

It's lovely. I love using continuous quilting patterns as I hate the sewing in of the thread ends

Love and hugs Gina xxx

scraphappy said...

It is so much fun to try to come up with a continuous design which complements the quilts. Congratulations on getting another finish in. Your UFO list must be getting shorter.

Diane said...

It's wonderful! woo-hoo for a finish-love your quilting too.
I have a leftover strip of 2.5" squares that I was thinking of sewing into the backing but wondered how it would look---you gave me a preview with yours! (thank you!) :)

The Cozy Quilter said...

It's good to have a "show and tell" or a quilt show to keep us motivated to finish a project. Your quilting looks great!

Helen in the UK said...

Your quilting looks great! Love how you added the stripe of fabrics into the backing - makes it look very minimalist :)

Millie said...

Beautiful quilting.

Judy said...

Way to use it all up! I love the quilting and love the fact that you are having fun doing it. Nothing like having fun doing what you love to do.

Jean said...

You do a great job with your machine quilting.