Friday, December 7, 2012

Friday Finish

Eighteen of thirty quilts quilted and bound!  I'm getting more adventurous in my long-arming; today I am experimenting with straight-line quilting on the long arm machine:

I'm thrilled with the way this is turning out.  The only problem is, the tray on which my machine sits has a gouge in it (don't know how that happened) which makes the machine slip when it goes across that point. Which of course, makes the line crooked!  Now that I know where it does that, I can adjust for it.  But I have two lines of stitching that will have to be ripped out and re-sewn on the regular machine.

Three more quilts to add to my "ready to hand off" stack.  The first one was a "Sunday is for Scraps" project. I quilted it to test a new polyester batting from Pellon.  Poly batting is so much lighter than cotton!  I think I will donate this one to the nursing home -- it is just the right size for a wheelchair quilt, and it is lightweight enough that it won't be uncomfortable on a lap.

I am really proud of this next quilt. It is a Fat Quarter Fun project from early this year, "On a Slant."  I used the January Color Palette colors in Kona cottons (blogged here).

I quilted it with a spiky meander and used a multi-colored King Tut thread:

I love this quilting design with the geometric shapes of this quilt!

The third quilt this week is going in the "someday my boys will get married and I'll have another granddaughter" cache:

It is a Modern Quilt Relish design, "TV Dinner."  I used Moda's "In the Meadow" charm pack, so I'm calling it "TV Dinner in the Meadow."

I'm getting better at quilting flowers!  I experimented with ric rac and Susie's Magic Binding.  I decided to round the corners rather than try to miter the ric rac.

I took photos of the ric rac binding technique and it will be a Tuesday Tutorial someday.

Linking up to Thank Goodness it's Finished Friday at Quokka Quilts.

Tomorrow is another Fat Quarter Fun class.  We're making a Mary Ellen Hopkins design, "Nine to Five."  This color is a hint of my fabric choices -- can't wait to show you!

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  1. I love the On the Slant quilt. I especially like the multicolored thread and geometric meander pattern you used for quilting it. I also like the ric rac that you incorporated into the binding; I am looking forward to the tutorial. I've been experimenting with Susie's magic binding also. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Lots of lovely finished quilts! Your quilting on them looks fantastic! Love the flowers!

  3. More gorgeous quilts - particularly love the ric rac on the "maybe granddaughter" quilt and the blue slanty quilt.

  4. Wow you are a busy bee, I so would love a long are quilting machine! Love the modern first quilt in the pictures.kx

  5. Gosh you have been a busy quilter! Lovely work, as always - wish I could be half as productive :)

  6. Whoa! On a Slant is very stinkin' cool! :D I love the quilting you chose for it, too.

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