Not much opportunity for stitching this week, because of the headaches, you know, but I did spend a little bit of time here and there finishing up a piece I had started earlier. This baby-sized quilt gave me the opportunity to practice some more of the walking foot quilting, plus it got finished and ready to donate for a tiny person to love. Here is the little quilt:
Say what you will about the pattern, which is a much smaller version of Bonnie Hunter's Grand Illusion quilt, the colors are certainly cheerful, aren't they? This finished at just 36 inches square, which is actually exactly the size I wanted. Because this was a quilting practice piece, here is a view of the quilting from the back, which is easier to see:
|Not a wrinkle in sight!|
My plan for this little piece was to use the walking foot to quilt in the gridded sashing and then to make some free-motion flowers in the larger pink areas. The walking foot portion went really well, using a bright green thread to outline all the squares in the green and white sashing, then carrying those out into the yellow border. When it was time for the free-motion part, though, there was sadness:
I have no idea what was happening here, but it just would not work. I tried and tried, but the stitches kept skipping and the thread kept breaking. I changed the needle, changed the thread, took the machine all apart and cleaned it, but nothing helped. I finally gave up because I was afraid of tearing the fabric. So the next day I pulled out the walking foot again and stitched a starburst effect in each of the pink and black blocks:
I think this was a decent save! It works pretty well with the grid stitching and fills in those blocks pretty well. It was fairly quick, too. I don't know why the thread looks so white in the photo. You know I like thread to match the fabric pretty well, so this thread is a bright pink and definitely looks pink against the black and the other colors. The only problem I had with this stitching is that it left a lot of thread tails, which then had to be knotted off and trimmed.
I finished this little quilt with a zippy green machine binding and now it's ready to be donated. I now have 3 of these 36-inch square quilts to send off, so they are in the box and ready to go and will get to the post office next week.
I was going to talk some about Leah Day's new book on walking foot quilting, but that's all the energy I have. It's a good and helpful book, though, and I'll tell you about it another time, I promise!
Hope this post was coherent, and I hope everyone has a lovely weekend. I will be resting. I might pet some fabric, and I did get a good idea for the triangles that I was playing with earlier this week, so there might be a little stitching. The hubs will be outside working in the yard, so I may need to supervise, but I can do that from the sofa, right?
Sharing at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Finished or Not Friday, and crazymomquilts.