Thursday, July 10, 2014

I started (again for the third time)!

I chickened out! I was going to free motion quilt on this one, but I just couldn't do it. I tried then I ripped out. I even used the darning foot! Still it looked icky, so I ripped again.

Then I got out the old reliable straight stitching walking foot. (My crutch!) I just needed my walker. We "done" good together before.  I made a few paper patterns to follow so the sequencing between motifs would be similar, and the job would look more professional...
Here's the ZigZag in place. I quilted next to the paper, so I can use the pattern over and over. It worked out great! (If you do this bury the end of the pins... you'll save yourself lots of wounds.)

Sorry this is so blurry. Just showing the end of one pattern piece and having to add the next. (Later I added it as a strip and saved the stop while quilting.)

A superfluous  picture.

Lined up and ready to quilt.
(Sheila from Sew Cook and Travel might recognize these fabrics. They aren't the ones you gave me. I cherish the one you sent me strips to make. These are purchased afterwards and with added stash pieces I made this because I love your color sense and wanted joyful colors for this quilt. )

Zig Zag done (and I actually liked the results - success!) and now a scallop - I would like each line of this (almost) Jelly Roll Quilt to be quilted in different patterns, but I haven't counted the lines yet, and I really haven't a large repertoire of designs. Any suggestions?  I do have a book of designs for anything, but you know that thing is packed since last October, so it's anybody's guess  where it is. (I hate living with all my things in the wrong places.)

Anywho, I'm at the quilting now - soon as I finish this post.


  1. Ughhhh I hate ripping...but then again who doesn' glad you are on to the quilting. WHew!

  2. Third time's a charm for sure!! Such fancy quilting must be difficult. I kust this afternoon set up my machine to straight line quilt my Sea Glass quilt. I am using painter's tape to set up the lines....I am not a very accomplished machine quilter--have never done a big quilt before--wish me luck!! hugs, Julierose

  3. What a sweet compliment. Thank you, Terri. I wasn't always so free with color. I learned how to play with color from another blogger, Wanda at Without her influence, I would be making pale, pastel quilts in a few boring colors.
    You have some good quilting ideas. Thank you for sharing, dear.

  4. Ripping is the most boring thing to do but is sometimes necessary. Good on you for trying the FMQ again too.

    Love what you're doing with this quilt. Paper templates for quilting is something I havent tried before. Great idea!

  5. Looks good. I have a wave ruler that I've used for hand quilting.

  6. It is really challenging to learn new techniques and really scary but good for you for trying. Maybe next time you will like the results of your free-motion quilting better. Looking forward to seeing this one finished!

  7. Good for you! Very ingenious. You keep going on!

    Maybe hearts? Make the paper pattern like paper dolls where they attach to each other. Then you can do it in two passes: first time the top, second time the bottom. Since they're joined there isn't a place where the top and bottom touch. Diamonds? (same way?)

  8. Such lovely work Terri. Back from the Lakes now. Good to see that you have been busy. The veg are fantastic. The carrot is worthy of Beatrix Potter! Sympathies with the lost book. I hate it too when things are packed all over the place.

  9. How about some wavy lines? No pattern needed, just gentle curves to anchor a couple of those rows. Love the scallop idea.

  10. FMQ is my crutch and I get chicken about using my walking foot but really want to give it another go. Good luck with your progress

  11. You are so clever Terri. I am not a sewer and would just not have the patience.


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