Wednesday, October 7, 2020

I'm in My Zone

Just a quick post to show you my thread basting results.  I'm quilting a wall hanging quilt, about 40"x40", right now.  I used thread basting again.  I didn't enjoy the basting part because it took longer and my neck was killing me while I was working with the quilt on a table.  Good news!!!  I didn't get jab as much this time.

Once the quilting started, I knew I'd love the results.  The top didn't move much at all and I'm loving the look of it so far.  Here are some pictures.


The quilting is 1/2" apart.  I still have more to do today.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great quilty day!!

Monday, October 5, 2020

October OMG

 It's time again to set a new goal for a new month.  I can't believe it's October already.  I know I said that a lot.  Time sure goes by fast even though this year is different and we all try to do our best to live our lives as close to normal as possible.

Back in March I posted a picture of a quilt top I made for my sister from her fabric that she gave me.  You can see it here.  The original idea was to do some applique flowers on top but I saw some quilt pictures on Pinterest and did this instead.


When I posted this on October 5th, I forgot to say what my goal was.  So here it is,  I’m going to quilt this Quilt in October.  

Let’s go to Elm Street Quilt and take a look at the October OMG

Have a great week!!

Monday, September 28, 2020

September OMG Finish

At the beginning of September, I set a goal to quilt my Mini Candy Box quilt.  You can read about it here.  

This is the finished quilt.

Mini Candy Box - front

Mini Candy Box - back

I contemplated how to quilt this quilt for almost a month.  I pinned it on the design wall and looked at it every time I walked by.  It's not a big quilt, 27" x 30.5", so I thought I would do a lot of quilting on it, either straight line quilting or try out free motion quilting.  I even thought of quilting from the back because I just love the backing fabric.  I tried it on a sample piece, but I didn't like the look of the needle marks on the front when I sew from the back.  Back to square one! 

The more I looked at it, a little bird told me otherwise.  The quilt top is very busy, so I decided to do simple quilting on it.  I didn't want too much quilting to distract the eyes from the design.   Then I finished it with facing instead of binding.  I really like the clean look on the front.

Now go check out the September Finish link-up to see many beautiful works here.


On Sept. 2nd, I wrote about basting, and tried thread basting for the first time.  When I thread basted this quilt, a few thoughts came to mind.

1. I got jabbed quite a bit while using a basting needle.  It's not fun  and I had to be extra careful not to bleed onto the quilt top.  Hopefully this will get better with time.

2. It's a very time consuming process, more than pinning, I think.

3. I didn't like it when the thread ran out and have to re-thread the needle.  That's just me, my bad.

When it's time to quilt, I liked it that the top didn't move a whole lot.  I did sew over the basting thread in a few places, but didn't have much problem when it's time to pull out the thread.  I cut up the basting thread and used an awl to help pull the thread that got run over.  Not a significant problem.  Maybe because I didn't heavily quilt this piece.  

Over all it's quite an interesting experience.  I'll have to do it again with a bigger quilt and see if I would feel the same.


I also pulled out some fabric for a new project.  Here is a sneak peek.  

Have a great week everyone.