You see I had some leftover bits from my current project that were yelling at me as I sewed to put THEM together... this is what I laid out just playing around...
and this was found in the leftovers too!
So I straightened up my wonky top.. added the outer border... decided to add some cornerstones too and got this cute flimsy...
So now that you have seen my work... how did I achieve these goals???
Here is my list of things you should know before you start...
- Use a sewing machine with a big throat if you have a choice... this will make moving a larger quilt around easier... BUT I found having a machine I am used to meant more to me... so try both and decide which you could hang with for a while...
- Use a walking foot made for YOUR machine. I tried it without one on an industrial old machine and it still was just not right.. the walking foot is under $20 and works great when used as directed.. check out youtube vids if you don't know what a walking foot is ... then research if you have a low shank, slant shank, etc machine and get that attachment!
- How to pull up the bobbin thread through the quilt sandwich... you do this when you start a new thread and it is very helpful. Not sure if you wanna do it? Keeps the thread from bunching on the back side and causing undue puddles of thread
- Back stitch at the beginning and end of each row just a bit... like using a knot in hand quilting
- Use quilting needles in your machine.. typically 100/16 I have read and it is working nicely for me :)
- You can NOT easily view the back of your quilt sandwich so beware of folds occurring under your quilt... especially as you near the edges
- Take time to enjoy your accomplishment!! Yahoo! Here is my back side... I cropped a fold that got sewn into the back! ha :)
Now one is quilted and waiting on binding...
And Project RJq is officially starting on being quilted today! Please keep my abilities, knowledge, and physical stamina in your prayers The rest of this week. I want this to turn out nice for her to snuggle :)
Rebekah's latest medical update is all good news... she still has 1 drain left to be removed and will visit the oncologist next week I think. Not sure the exact date of the oncologist but that is the date I am hoping to have these quilts to her :) Just gotta have faith! lol
And that is why I am machine quilting this... sometimes you need to rush on a quilt... hand quilting .. there just aren't enough hours in a day for me to handquilt this sufficiently to my preference in 1 week. So I will machine quilt this.. also most charities and donated quilts they want machine done.. so I need this skill.. it just won't be used as much as my hand quilting skill! ha :)
Here is hoping you have a great rest of your week... hoping to whoop something on Friday :)