Sunday, September 21, 2014

Pink and Blue Quilt

Finally done! It was difficult to decide how to quilt it since I didn't want to quilt too much pink over blue. I also didn't want to have the quilting looking funny on the back, so I wanted it to be as minimal as possible. It turned out fairly well, despite not all the lines being straight.

Finished size: 41" x 53"

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Zipper Foot Binding

I've been frustrated with machine quilting binding lately, so I decided to try using my zipper foot to more easily get closer to the edge of the binding on the front of the quilt. It worked out beautifully! Does everyone already do this and I just didn't know? The results were so much nicer than usual! It was also considerably easier to smooth out puckers as I sewed.

What the binding looks like using my regular foot:

What the binding looks like using my zipper foot:

Binding on the back:

I also tried a binding tip from Crazy Mom Quilts and pressed the binding.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Pink and Blue Progress Update

This block has come a long way since I last posted about it, but it's been awhile! This will be a quilt top by the end of the day, and hopefully a finished quilt by next weekend...but considering how long it's been in progress, maybe let's say the end of the month?

ETA: And here it is...a front and back all pinned and ready to go!

Of course I didn't have enough pink thread to start quilting, but that's okay, I started another project with an October deadline, so this one can wait a little longer!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Quilt Update

I went home in March and again this month. Since my parents have a cat, the quilts at their house get washed frequently. It was interesting to see the quilts after so many washings, so on this trip I decided to take some photos.
Jelly Roll from 2010
This one has faded considerably!

Bento Box from 2009

Lily's Quilt from 2009

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Quilting Update

I've had my new machine for over six months now, and my new set up is working out nicely. The airplane quilt was the first quilt I quilted using the new machine and table, and I just had to take a picture. Granted, this is a crib size quilt, but the whole length of it fits on the table!

There have been a few adjustments. One benefit is that the bobbins hold so much thread! I rarely need to wind more and I'm definitely glad I bought extra bobbins. However, I am used to being able to quickly open the bobbin compartment and check how much bobbin thread is left. You can't see the bobbin thread on this one, so it's very helpful that it lasts so long. Overall, winding bobbins is much easier on this machine.

The needle threader is another great feature, but it's kind of hit or miss. Sometimes it works for me on the first try - other times I just give up after a few tries and thread the needle. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong. 

I've completed four quilts so far this year, but I haven't had many reasons to use the decorative stitches beyond playing with them. I have several more quilts planned, so I'm not sure how soon I'll get around to coming up with projects that need fancy stitches.
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