First Finish of 2014

I’m in the midst of a machine quilting marathon.  Not quite sure when my studio became overrun by quilt tops, but I’m really enjoying focusing entirely on the quilting aspect for a bit.

Jungle-Pyramids-quilt

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s the baby quilt I showed last fall when I was raving about the 60 degree triangle ruler from Creative Grids.  I machine quilted it with “straight” lines using my walking foot.  After reading numerous tutorials on how to do this, and experimenting with masking tape, a quilting bar, and water soluble pens, I learned two things.  One- machine quilting with a walking foot is NOT my definition of fun.  Two- I love the word “organic” when applied to quilting lines (it means not quite straight on purpose!)

quilting-close-up

 

 

 

 

I’m on to the kindergarten quilts now, and found that quilting lines with a free-motion foot is MUCH more fun.  (Thanks to this blog post for the idea!)

binding

 

 

 

 

I’m also practicing binding completely by machine, following this fab tutorial from Cluck, Cluck, Sew.  I think I’m going to really like this method once I’ve practiced it a bit more.  Here’s a “keeping it real” photo of the best corner on the quilt.  The mitering is still terrible.  Hopefully after finishing two more quilts like this over the weekend, I’ll have a “most improved” photo for you next week.

Well, I’m back to the sewing machine.  What fun projects are you tackling this weekend?

Happy Stitching!

emily

 

3 thoughts on “First Finish of 2014

  1. I’m trying to finish a set of ears for K’s costume stash. She loved her cousin’s Christmas present (costume for Skye of the Paw Patrol) so much, she wanted ears for herself. I am going to have to really work on machine quilting this year with the free motion foot. I have made my walking foot do wonderful things, but the speed described in the blog you linked sounds really nice :) Happy stitching to you, too!

  2. I apparently must not be able to zoom in enough, because your corner looks fabulous! =0) and I love the lines- much better than trying to see them with a ruler and tape! =0) have fun quilting!!

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