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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.
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:
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.
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! ♥♥♥