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.