This week, I finished quilting up this little row quilt made of Prairie Queen blocks, which I plan to hang on the front door. Really! Inside the glass, though:
Isn't that cute? I made this in 2014 and it only got quilted now. Yes, I know, but I bet you have some of the same! I've actually been making some real progress on getting things out of the closet and into use or, you know, gotten rid of. Whatever works.
I quilted this one on the 1968 Pfaff. It makes a great quilting stitch and I've left it in "quilting mode" for quite a while now. It's just crummy to change all the settings on the machine. Thank goodness I have the original manual or I'd be totally lost. I did remember all the oiling spots this time, though.
I used this little piece to practice some motifs and such, including scallops. I've never done those before and need a lot more practice. I think I've lost a lot of skills through disuse. For a long time I made larger quilts that I really couldn't do on my machine, so I sent them out, and all skills atrophy after a while. I guess that means that I have to quilt more pieces. Tragic, I know!
I do have one tip from this project. You know those Teflon pressing sheets that are used for applique and fusing? They're essentially plastic-y press cloths that won't melt from the iron. Well, they're also pretty slippery, so I cut an unused portion and taped it to the bed of the machine. It makes a nice surface that the quilt can move on, not too slippery but definitely better than just the machine bed. I don't know if it's as slippery as one of those "super slider" sheets, but this one only costs a few dollars. I thought it was useful and I am planning to use it again. Heck, it's on the machine, why take it off? Of course, the Pfaff is basically a tank and has a bit of a pebbly surface, so it may not work as well on a machine with a plastic bed.
That's my big finish for this week! The weather this weekend is supposed to be really crummy, so I'm hoping to get a few more things done, including some basting and maybe some quilting. Next week is spring break--hurray!--and I plan to do a LOT of quilting and also some painting in the house. I am so ready for this home improvement stuff to be finished!
Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! Stay warm!
|Spring is coming!|
Sharing at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Finished or not Friday, and crazymomquilts.