6.28.2009

Woot. I did it.

What was I waiting for? Why was I so afraid of free motion quilting?

I finally took the plunge.


Yes, this is the front. But those of you who preferred the sashing, don't despair....


....maybe *this* is the front! I didn't want to purchase any fabric for this project and I didn't have enough to back two quilts...so now I have a "reversible" quilt.

The FMQ wasn't bad at all *except*:
1. I kept reading how fatiguing it is...but it's hard to believe how tired my shoulders were!
2. Logically I understand why this would take so much thread. But I was still shocked that 8 bobbins weren't enough.

The key to the whole hand speed vs. machine speed ratio for me seems to be music. If I got too focused on quilting I would mess up, but if I was bopping around to upbeat music (put Michael Jackson into Pandora, you won't be sorry. MJ, Stevie, Marvin Gaye, Prince, and even Queen and the Beatles!!) I wouldn't get overly stressed about what I was doing. I think margaritas would have a similar effect. I will test this and let you know.

Speaking of messing up, I had one major faux pas.


HMMMM....Where'd that crease come from? I didn't baste well, most of my safety pins are tied up in half done quilts, and I didn't feel like hand basting. I paid for it (plus I think I should try starting in the middle instead of the edge, but I liked hiding the beginning of my quilting in the binding). I'm not pulling all the quilting out to fix this -- I'm leaving it as a badge of honor on my first FMQ quilt! More pictures coming when I finish the binding.


Also, I tried Angry Chicken's Iced Tea concentrate this week and I am in love. Super fast, super easy, and super good! This is one family bag of decaf black tea and two bags of blueberry tea. Yummy! I do a ratio of one glassful of ice, two thirds full of water and topped off with concentrate.

And lastly, I've been thinking about organizing a Christmas in August swap/modified round robin. I love Christmas fabrics, I love scrappy quilts...what could be better than putting them together?!? I thought each participant could make six (or 12?) scrappy Christmas blocks (maybe based on Oh, Fransson's scrappy starling tutorial) and send a block or two to each participant (more planning inserted here). Then we would each end up with 12 Christmas blocks in a variety of different fabrics without having to buy a ton of fabric. Then we would have plenty of time to assemble, quilt, and bind before the holidays! Would anyone be interested?

9 comments:

jacquie said...

congrats, beth...good for you! i'd keep that badge of honor too. it really does take a toll on the back and shoulders...especially those big quilts.

Ferjenib said...

B- I LOVE IT! Please send me some updated photos of little JB. (Beth's readers - I'm his aunt, not some psycho stalker lady) HUgs - J PS. IF I get the craft room cleaned out this week, I'm in for a swap.)

~Michelle~ said...

Nice work on the quilting! And I might be interested in a swap...depending if I have to buy fabric or not...

jessi said...

Great job on your free motion! I bought the foot for my machine to do it, but haven't figured it out yet.

I think I'd be up for a swap - I've always wanted a Christmas quilt and have been wanting to do a quilt block swap.

Debbie said...

I'd be up for a Christmas block swap. I love those blocks and Christmas quilt made like that would be fun! Count me in!

Thimbleanna said...

Yipee! You got your quilt quilted! I hate it when a tuck happens though -- and it happens to me usually at least once per quilt (so I unpick -gah!) -- such a pain! Your quilt looks great!!!

The WoodLand School said...

WOW!!! This quilt looks just wonderful! And I love how it's reversible ... what a fun idea :-)

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