still plugging along

20170407_091842I’ve learned a really important lesson from this particular quilting project.  Do not quilt a vertical  pattern on a quilt that needs to be continuous.  I suppose I could’ve done a series of feathers inside each section but since I started off working on one of the horizontal rows I didn’t think this through like I should have.  There’s been a lot of unrolling and rerolling which takes a lot of time.

I have 3 borders around this; here are all 3 together.  I saw an idea for a variation on piano keys that I’m going to try sometime where it’s 2 lines that are 1/4″ apart, and then a 1″ space to the next one, followed by the 1/4″.  I saw that somewhere today and it gave it a nice look.

20170407_144702I’m not very good at that candy stripe pattern.  This picture doesn’t show the worst of it but trust me – there are some parts of it that are pretty sketchy!

I did like the way the large medium purple came out.  I’ve been taking pictures as I go along because this particular border doesn’t go all the way around; it’s just in one section at the top and the bottom.  When I get to the bottom of the quilt, I’ll need to remember what I did up there, so pictures are my way of taking notes.

20170409_120638And finally, here’s my kitty hanging out where she should not be.  I don’t think she’ll do it again; she was trying to figure out how to get off of there when I caught her in the act! Our quilting bee is meeting at my house in a couple of weeks and I am moving out a twin bed I had in the room to make room for 15-20 people to sit in there instead, and I think she was looking for something to replace “her” bed.

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  1. norma says:

    I think the quilt looks bold enough to be a success despite your quilting worries. You have got along so well with that machine. I know people who’ve really struggled & I think I’d be with them – afraid to start.

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    1. I think slowly but surely my quilting gets a little better with each project. I have some charity quilts that I need to quilt. Those are fun because I can try out whatever I want.

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  2. Your posts are so informative and helpful.
    I learn something with each of your posts.
    Has the cat forgiven you for not consulting with her first?

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    1. Haha! I think she has! I forgot to ever answer your question the other day. I’m a member of Tri County Quilt Guild, which is – surprisingly enough – named for 3 counties that most of the members come from.

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  3. Deb says:

    You are going to get there on a perfect quilted quilt, for you aren’t going to let the mistakes overwhelm you. This quilt is going to be lovely mistakes and all.

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    1. Thank you! My eyes are always about 12-15 inches away and any tiny miss looks huge at the time. I never can seem to overlook them until the entire quilt is done and then suddenly most of those little bobbles just seem to disappear.

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  4. admcmasters says:

    Pretty kitty and lovely quilting. I like what you are doing with your quilting and it is such fun to follow you on your progress and hope I’m learning something in case I ever get my dream quilting machine. Good job!

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    1. Thank you! I have really enjoyed learning how to use the long arm. I used to quilt just to get the batting and bottom attached to the top but now I really enjoy it for the process of quilting itself.

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  5. Another purple quilt!! Yay! It’s beautiful!

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  6. Can’t believe all the projects you do! And beautiful ones too!

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    1. Thank you. Keeping very busy avoids becoming a couch potato as I get older.

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      1. I can’t see you ever becoming a couch potato!

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        1. Thanks. Never could watch anything all the way through.

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  7. This looks too complicated for me. I quilt on my home machine and start from the center out. This could be a nightmare. Looking good though. Think the cat has the right idea.

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    1. I generally start at the top on the long arm, but I did actually start in the middle on this one and worked my way out, just like it’s done on a home machine since I hadn’t figured out what I wanted to do with the borders at the start.

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      1. I learned how to use a long arm but just don’t have the room, so my machine is it. Did not try from the middle on the long arm.That could work well. Take care.

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