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Monday, July 23, 2012

Charity Quilt and Machine Quilting

Well, not much got done in the way of Swoon-binding this weekend, b/c as I was in the middle of a marathon house-cleaning day on Saturday, I ran across this quilt kit that my MIL found at a thrift shop and gave to me.
  


I never really knew what to do with it, who to make it for, or give it to (if someone wanted to learn to quilt).. so it was loitering in the closet, buried under some other fabrics.


It was on my mind all day.  I kept thinking about this CAUSE and then Saturday night, my sewing mojo came flying back and smacked me in the face.  It's been AWOL for sometime, and I've only managed to sew a few Bee Blocks here and there in the last several months.  But not anymore!  I forgot how relaxing it is to sit and sew long straight seams of borders. lol  I sewed the top up in a couple of hours.  Of course I goofed a couple of times, but it was fixable..  The kit includes the binding and backing fabric, too.




In order to get it done fairly quickly and donated to Julie's project, I decided to quilt it myself.. on my machine.  (yikes.. I am very unskilled and have only done straight lines a couple of times.)


Another first in 2012:  Spray basting.  I have a hard time with pin basting, so I thought I'd try this.  Well, I don't think it's too bad for my first try, but the back was a little wrinkly.  The front was much better so I think I figured out a way to improve. I was able to smooth some out, also. Overall, I will def. be using the spray again.  Just need to get better at it.






Started on the quilting last night, and have been working on it a little today.  Off to swimming lessons in a bit, though, but here is what I have done so far.  With my walking foot and feed dogs up. I haven't found a darning foot yet, and can't make even stitches with the feed dogs down..  Not too bad though, for a newbie like me.. so far I'm happy with how it's turning out.  Hopefully one of the families who lost their home in a wildfire will have a baby/toddler that will give it a loving home.


Random wavy lines in the blue borders:


The green checked border with diamonds:


Outlined the triangles (that took the longest):


And quilting a giant sun pattern into the middle of the Noah's Ark panel:



Here's where I'll be later tonight:



Monday Night Sew-In anyone?  This needs to be a before-Friday-finish, as we are supposed to go out of town to my inlaws again on Friday.  Hope you're all off to a good week! :)


P.S. If you have a minute, and haven't heard about Julie's project, go and read this article explaining it at Phoenix Quilts.
Happy Monday!

14 comments...:

shez said...

What a lovely thing to do Kelli and the quilt looks fantastic,well done.xx

Perfect combo of the right place and the right time for that kit I think, glad your mojo came back, and love how you're quilting it :o)

You are very close to completing the quilt and you are quilting it yourself. The child who is getting this quilt has a smile on their face.

quiltmania said...

The quilt looks wonderful. Only 2 hours to piece, you go girl! Glad you are back quilting.

Bev C said...

Hello Kelli,

Such a heartfelt project, I found you can use your rule to help straighten out the backing.
Have a great day.
Bev.xoxo

Cathy said...

Hi Kelly...You've done a beautiful job quilting! I've not been too successful at machine quilting, other than straight line quilting. I also have my eye out for a darning foot so I can try to quilt. I hear you can quilt with the feed dogs up, and it helps you control better. Have no idea if that is true. My feed dogs do not detracts, so wouldn't know how to handle that. Your MIL will love your work on her pattern she gave you! ♥♥♥

Well done Kellie...the quilt looks fantastic, great job on the quilting..so very generous...

Fiona said...

Looks awesome.. and a great way to get mojo back...
Hugz

Leonie said...

Looks Awesome! - Yay for Mojo's xx

Kelli!

this looks great! Love the Noah's Ark panel, and love how you decided to quilt it! Looking forward to seeing the end result!!

~ Julie ~ said...

This quilt is DARLING!!! Thank you for being willing to donate it to Phoenix Quilts! I know the child that receives this quilt will receive some much needed comfort from it! Hugs!!! :)

Sandy said...

That will certainly put a smile on a child's face! It is so bright and cheerful. Your quilting really enhances the quilt. Beautiful!

Redspect said...

"If you haven't any charity in your heart you have the worst kind of heart trouble" to cure it help people, let's unite for one good cause, be a volunteer"save lives"!mawaddainternationalaid

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