Tuesday, July 10, 2018

So Close!

I need to bury threads and attach binding.  Ooh, and a label.  But I am so close to being done with the Homebase quilt.  I finished the quilting last night.

I found the design on Cluck Cluck Sew.  This certainly would have been easier to quilt on a long arm machine, but I really liked how it looked.  I tried doing it all freehand, but ended up needing a template to see what I was doing.

I broke up the quilting to two parts.  The first step was to quilt wavy lines on the diagonal with a walking foot.  Once the waves were in place, I echoed them and added in circles with free motion quilting.

Isn't it neat?  I'm only showing off the back of the quilt because it's to be gifted.  (Besides, quilting shows up better on the back.)  No more photos of the whole thing until after the recipients get it.



I tried to be so careful with the extra fabric on the edges, but at some point I sewed some of the backing to itself.  Ack!  Luckily I was able to cut away the extra fabric without needing to rip out any stitches.  I was much more careful after that.



I'm always amazed how tiring it is on the shoulders and wrists when doing the free motion quilting.  It ended up going a lot faster than the waves, but I could only work on it an hour at time before I started to ache. 

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2 comments :

  1. Well done you!! Love the quilting and the design.

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  2. one thing I've learned about free motion quilting on a regular sewing machine, everyone needs to sit up straight and keep the foot not on the pedal flat on the floor. Good posture while sitting helps ease the shoulder muscles. I learned the hard way, stiffened up my shoulders so bad they locked bent in place. Took a week for me to be able to move my shoulders with ease. Have fun.

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