Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Perseverance

My challenge quilts are approaching their completion.  The mini quilt just needs a label, a hanging sleeve, and a few beads. I had to block it to get it to uncurl on the rounded corners, but it's tolerable now. (You can read a good article about quilt blocking here.)
And the wallhanging is almost ready to finish. I sewed the blocks together as they were on the design wall because I didn't have the time to fuss with it too much. I pieced together some batting scraps using fusible tape that I was given, and went right to the machine quilting as quickly as possible. One of my favourite steps in quilting is picking out quilting threads. I unravel lots of spools and lay the threads on the quilt and see what I like.
One thing I have noticed is that the longer I quilt, the more colours of threads I want to use. There was a time when I picked one... yes only ONE colour of thread for a whole quilt. That rarely happens now. Why use one colour when you have a whole box of colours to play with?!? 
I quilted very simple wavy lines between the moons, and was careful not to "over-quilt" (which I sometimes do because I am having so much fun) so it lays nice and flat. Again I have some unusual edges to bind and hope I can get the points to fold nicely. Have you ever called into work "sick" because you have a quilt deadline? 
Me neither.

12 comments:

  1. Your quilt just shines! Good luck tonight!

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  2. I am just a beginner at machine quilting still even though I have been doing it for several years now and never thought to use several colors to quilt with - I don't know why as I do that for hand quilting sometimes - this quilt look really good and I would love to see a close up photo of the quilting when you are done if you wouldn't mind - would love to see the colors closer.

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  3. I have a thread order in because of you. I plan to use several colors and mix machine with hand big stitching. I just hope it works out as well on my quilt as in my head. I too want to see how you this looks once it is finished. Great job on making your deadline and not missing work!

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  4. Gotta love deadlines!!we manage to get things done just in the nick of time! It looks great too. Aren't spools of thread just like candy!!!

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  5. Hahaha, Sick day. Quilting is the BEST Therapy, so you could call it a Therapy day. No stress when you use only one color of thread. I love seeing what you quilt on your projects. Have fun with it. That's what it's all about.

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  6. Me neither... LOL
    That's one pretty quilt. Thank you for the permission to use different thread colors while quilting. I needed that.
    Hugs

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  7. I've never called in sick but I have taken a vacation day! Good luck getting it all done.

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  8. Isn't it thrilling when we get to the stage of picking out our quilting thread! The colours you have used are lovely.

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  9. I love your approach to choosing thread.
    This is such a great quilt. Can't wait to see the finish!

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  10. I entirely agree about the thread. When I find myself thinking of going for one thread (if a quilt has a lot going on already) I cheat and use variegated!

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  11. I just finished a black and white (which is so NOT like me) quilt for a wedding gift. Thank you for showing me that black and white can be beautiful. I love those circles!!

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  12. Very pretty! Good luck on making your deadline.

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