|Torn and rotary cut strips and accurately pieced quilt blocks in process.|
|Strips pinned ready to stitch to make 9 patch blocks.|
|Using sewing guides for more accurate piecing.|
|Again, use of guides to uniformly sew strips.|
|Pressed alternate strips to be cut using a rotary cutter.|
|Uniformly stitched 9 patch/ 9 patch quilt blocks.|
|A Stitch-in-the-Ditch quilting foot. The bar in the middle follows the seam.|
|Hand-sewn seams made for crooked machine quilting done on the back side.|
It wasn't my hand-sewn seams that caused the eyesores but rather the machine quilting over these seams. It was very hard to perfectly align front and back seams, so machine quilting them on the front side magnified this mismatch on the back.
|Quilt #2--A memory quilt: personal fabrics, clothes and quilt blocks.|
|My friend's mother's hand-embroidered quilt blocks--too precious to NOT use.|
|Hand-made baby clothes to be "hung on the clothes line" on back (quilt #2)|
|Quilt #3: More practice using Stitch-in-the-Ditch machine quilting.|
|Quilt #3: Quilting done through pieced edging and batting only.|
This third quilt will give me more practice to perfect Stitch-in-the- Ditch style machine quilting, using Quilt-as-You-Go technique similar to what I would use on quilt number two, quilting it in strips. I am hoping that the joining of the strips will go more smoothly as I am not having to quilt through the backing too. The backing will be one whole piece, a technique that would perhaps work better on quilt number two as well. Whoever said quilting doesn't involve brains is quite mistaken and I am working at sharpening my brain and sweeping out any cobwebs from early dementia as I work out how to construct these quilts!
|Quilt #3: Machine quilting using Stitch-in-the-Ditch quilting walking foot.|
I do remember my other comforters and quilting experience from years ago. I sewed a beautiful comforter for my mother. We decided that corduroys were especially rich in colors and would be beautiful all sewn together in a very simple multi-colored square patchwork. It was indeed beautiful, but I tied it with a fluffy high loft batting with a corduroy backing as well. It made for a sort of "sleigh-bundling quilt", guaranteed to keep you warm in an electrical storm with the furnace out, if not riding for hours in a sleigh on a cold winter day! Fortunately my mother used it on an an extra day bed that was only used by myself once. Its weight should have come with suffocation warnings, but was a definate cure for Restless Leg Syndrome!
The jury is still out as to which machine quilting techniques will work best for quilt number two, except that it will be done in strips and quilted in a Quilt-as-You-Go* fashion. I am noting that machine quilting, while faster than hand-quilting, is still a lot of work!! And all of this was to facilitate finishing all my unfinished quilts I have started!! Did I mention (yet again) that I am not getting any younger? My three learning quilts have now been added to the list of quilts to complete!! Carpal tunnel and a painful trigger finger have been added to the equation. This sport of quilting is NOT for sissies!!
(*Quilt-As-You-Go is a technique where you quilt a quilt either block by block or in sections that are then joined by stitching the top seam and batting and then folding under the top seam which is then sewn by hand using an invisible whip-stitch. It is used as a way of more easily creating smaller portions of the quilt at a time and then stitching them together to make large bed-sized quilts.)
On The Side: Sewing fleece socks goes on throughout the year so that my inventory of three hundred pairs of socks will be ready for my shows late fall and pre-Christmas season. They help support my material addiction habits!! There is no rest for the wicked...and yet I no idle hands or mind to be wicked now!
|Sewing fleece socks--during my breaks from machine quilting.|
|Stitched one sock at a time, I will sew 100+ pairs to add to my sock inventory.|
|Pre-cut socks ready for sewing. No idle hands allowed at Little House!|