I finished the last of the quilting for Quilt #1 (Drunkard Path) this morning at 5:45 am. I had worked on it yesterday most of the day. Taking frequent breaks.
Most of the quilt was done with Free Motion Meandering stitches. Plus I did circles and straight lines to quilt the “pie” pieces.
What saved my shoulders and arms from fatigue and pain was my new Janome extension table for my sewing machine. It supports the weight of the heavy quilt so I don’t have to hold it up. And it allows me to work with a larger quilting area, to smooth out the fabric before starting to quilt. It works great!!
This is the last piece to be quilted. Before starting, I was overcome with joy and grabbed my camera to document the moment.
You never forget your first. I certainly will never forget My First Quilt. It has character. I think that is what flaws are called. 😉
Next… the binding. Already cut and ready to go on.
After a bit of free motion quilting on a few scraps and adjusting the tension, I do believe we have SUCCESS. It isn’t perfect. But it sure beats the messy stitches I was getting before I took my sewing machine in for repairs two weeks ago.
You can see the “puffiness” better now. I guess adjusting the tension was what I needed to do. The lady at the Janome shop suggested it.
I really like the meandering look. I call this my Puzzle Piece Pattern.
This diamond shaped table runner came out just as I planned. Right down to the floral binding. Just as I pictured it.
In fact, I LOVE it so much, I have another idea for this design. I already started on it. Top is done. Working on the back.
Won’t have a pillow to go with the table runner. I took it apart. Needed the wine fabric for my “second item.” Oh well. Don’t think the world will end if I don’t make a matched set, right? 😉
Can’t wait to show you!! But it is still in the Make It Work Stages. I know what I want. And how I want it to look. Just need to work on the best way to construct it.
It had to happen… eventually, right? I just can’t keep making quilt tops without completing the process of actually quilting them.
This is the first one I made. So, it gets quilted first. I struggled sewing it. Makes sense that I struggle quilting it. It took me about 3 hours getting the “sandwich” just so and pinning the layers.
I haven’t purchased an extension table yet for my sewing machine so I had to improvise. My mini ironing board to the rescue. It actually is working out great.
The fabric for the back is some blah brown print I got for half off several months ago. It is ok for the first one. And was just the right size. That is after I took 3 yards and sewed them side-by-side to another 3 yards. I had read somewhere not to put a seam down the center of the backing fabric. Too late!! But I did do a French Seam and reinforced the seam TWICE when starting it AND double stitched it again for the final seam. Nothing is going to pull out those stitches!!
I decided to free motion quilt it using the stippling design for all around the outer part and in between the Drunkard Path circles. For the circles, I am going to attempt curved lines.
Here is what it looks like after two hours. I am showing you the backside so you can see my handiwork. I am half way around.
My bobbin ran out three times. My left arm was getting heavy and my shoulder was starting to hurt. Break time!!
After I wind some bobbins I will get back started. Tomorrow. 😀
It took me all of one day to cut out all of these 5 1/2″ squares. I don’t trust my cutting skills enough to cut through multiple layers. So I have to cut one, cut another, cut another. One by one.
There’s over 200 squares in these two stacks.
The first stack I “thought” I knew what I was going to make. But after seeing them on my design wall, I am not so sure. I think I need something BOLD. Flowery or something with a big print to go in the empty spaces along the left and right sides. I may still go with this design. Just rearrange the colors. Looks like one end is all dark.
The little stack is for my “new” back for my Dresden Plate quilt. I ended up using the back I made for the front. So now I have to make a different back. I have an idea on how I want it to look. Just need to sit and sew for a spell.
And, guess what? You won’t believe it.
Yep. My first attempt at quilting. Free Motion Quilting. I was trying to do the Stippling stitch, but I tell ya, my hats are off to anyone coordinated enough to control the stitching to create a design. I had the toughest time. My stitches were loose and some skipped. I couldn’t get them adjusted properly. I tried the minus. The plus. And in between. Nothing worked to my satisfaction. I even had my manual out. I think I need to take a trip to the Janome sewing place to get some expert advice. And the videos on You Tube made it seem so easy. Not!! BUT… I am happy to get my feet wet. So glad I did a test run on some scrap fabric.