Friday, April 5, 2013

N Blu

Hey Everybody,
I'm glad you're back! I have good news! I finished  the second Craftsy BOM baby quilt. Yippeeee!
After having HELL with the previous one  I decided that I had to take action. Originally I had my vintage Singer 201 set up for FMQ-ing only, dropped the feed dogs and installed the darning foot on it as soon as I bought it a year ago. I remembered that dropping the feed dogs involved some kind of screwing, but didn't remember how. I looked it up in the manual and realized it  was quiet easy to do. So I raised the feed dogs back up and installed the second walking foot I bought for this machine and decided to stitch in the  ditch around the blocks. I also changed threads and matched the thread color to the fabrics. With that said I ended up re-threading the machine with every single block, but I didn't mind.  In her Craftsy free motion quilting a sampler class Leah Day suggested to use  Isacord polyester thread so I gave it a try. I only ordered white and blue, the 2 colors I wanted to use in this quilt. Bingo! It quilted beautifully, never broke and didn't have any problem with it whatsoever.
I also tried out the suggested Supreme Slider for the first time. When I begin free motion quilting with it someone asked me on Twitter if it makes a difference and I wasn't sure. But then at the end I  had to change bobbin and I only had a  little bit of quilting left so I didn't put the slider back on the machine and I felt the difference. I'm glad I used it because quilting was a lot easier with it. I taped it down as Leah suggested in her class and it was a breeze to quilt with.
I went pretty much with her suggestion for quilting, except for the wonky log cabin block where She quilted a giganto spiral and I decided to do concentric circles instead. I designed a very cool quilt in EQ7 and want to quilt that one with the concentric circles and wanted to try out how it works. I just got a jar lid and drew the first circle in the middle, than a bigger jar lid and drew a second circle, after that I pretty much had to eyeball it :) It came out fine with  a few corners in the beginning, but it's OK. It's not a show quilt anyways :) Again my Crayola washable markers didn't disappoint. They came out with very little washing with no problem.
Originally I wanted to finish this quilt by March  31 so I could link it  up in the First Quarter FAL 2013, but I had so much help from my kitties that I had to postpone the deadline. This way it became my very first finish for the Second Quarter FAL! I don't think I've ever finished anything this fast in the FAL, haha!

I wanted to take pictures outside, but in the shade there's not enough light and the whole background looks blue instead of white. I was forced to take the photos in our bedroom. Boohoo.

Front:

Back:



Close-up of  each block:











And the daffodils finally opened outside!



10 comments:

  1. You put a great deal of thought and work into this, Kati, and it really shows. Thank you for sharing the process here and on twitter, and sharing what did and didn't work.

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  2. Thank you for sharing our process, Kati, here and on twitter. It's good of you to share tps, what did and didn't work, etc. You put a great deal of thought and work into this quilt, and it shows!

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  3. Wow, your quilt is so amazing. I love blue so much.

    Grit from Germany

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  4. Wow! that's one beautiful quilt. I love all your different FMQ designs too.
    It was really clever to use the hexagons to for N.

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  5. Fabulous Kati, my favourite section is the flying geese with the swirls around them and I really like how that section looks on the back of the quilt. Another wonderful fmq finish :)

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  6. Hello Kati,

    Beautiful quilt, and great to see someone else using a vintage machine for FMQ. I use a Singer 15K treadle, with my cheap version of the supreme slider, clingfilm. Works a treat.

    Love from England,
    Muv

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  7. Kati, this turned out so pretty! Great quilting! I love hearing about the jar lids. They are standard equipment in my studio.

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  8. Kati, your quilting is wonderful! I love that you used jar lids. They are standard equipment in my studio.

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