Monday, December 27, 2010

Adventures in Quilting

I thought I would share a recent triumph and disaster that I experienced recently. Both, I might add, within a couple of hours of each other.

First the triumph. Remember the Lily & Will quilt that I made earlier in the year? Well, I decided that I needed to actually layer and quilt it before Christmas. And I did!! Alright, so it's quilted about 8" apart in straight lines, but it's done. It looks like a quilt. And, it's being used every night (which is why I don't have a better picture of it!).

It was tricky doing even that much on my little machine, but at least I know it can be done now! I think once the move is done I will have a sit down on the sofa one night and hand-quilt inside each square a little bit - just enough to stay within the 4" distance the batting suggests.

Now, for the disaster. While I was quilting the Lily& Will, I thought I would try my hand at stippling. I grabbed a couple of scrap squares I had sitting around and layered it up with a bit of batting. I covered my feed dogs and had at it.

For a first timer I thought I was doing pretty good.

And then I turned it over.

What is that, you ask? The very same question I asked myself, albeit in a slightly more colourful way. Apparently you need to pull the bobbin thread up through the fabric and hang onto it before you start. Confused? Yep, me too. I'll be continuing to try this another time and I'll be sure to let you know how it goes.

For now - happy holiday Monday!



  1. That is the reason why I hand quilt!! How disappointing for you! A friend of mine is going to teach me how to quilt by machine... I'm not convinced that I really want to know how (inside it would feel like cheating!!)

  2. That sucks! Thank you for posting about this -- I'm learning so much from you! (Got 3 strips of my pinwheel quilt made; just gotta make the 4th and then I can start sewing those together!)

  3. I just found your blog after you posted a comment on mine! Are you all moved in? I will be looking for you when you get back to posting! This looks like a fun blog!

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