Bittersweet… Quilting For Quilt #1 Is Done

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All Done!!

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.

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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!!

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This is the last piece to be quilted. Before starting, I was overcome with joy and grabbed my camera to document the moment.

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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.

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More photos tomorrow.

Stippling… Ah, Much Better.

FRONT

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BACK

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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.

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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.

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I really like the meandering look. I call this my Puzzle Piece Pattern.

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This diamond shaped table runner came out just as I planned. Right down to the floral binding. Just as I pictured it.

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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.

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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? 😉

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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.

Finally… Quilt Top #1 Is Getting Quilted

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It had to happen… eventually, right? I just can’t keep making quilt tops without completing the process of actually quilting them.

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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.

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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.

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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!!

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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.

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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. 😀

A Whole Lot Of Cutting Going On

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.

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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.

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And, guess what? You won’t believe it.

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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.