I had forgotten about my love hate relationship with the quilting process. When I first start the quilting I am convinced it all looks rubbish and I have ruined a quilt top, I pretty much think it is the end and then as it progresses I relax and can see the bigger picture, its ok, I think it will work, I like it. Truth be told, I do not like the actual quilting bit and it does not like me.
I like simple lines in quilting but my machine is very small and my arms can't take lots of shoving around of fabric layers, so even a small quilt like this is hard going for me- that's why I usually make small things. I have designed and made hundreds of quilts in my head but in reality, stacks of fabric wait uncut whilst I work out a quilt as you go method that will work with the fabric and the design until my head hurts!
As there was linen in some of the edges of this quilt I used a 3 step zig zag to catch any fraying fabric before binding and it worked beautifully- I will use that before I bind anything in the future, better than standard zig zag.
The binding is a Joel Dewberry print, Herringbone from the Modern Meadow range. I have fancied this as a binding ever since I saw Meg use it on a cushion, it blended in to just the right amount. Perfect for the sofa. In a small room I have to apply a bit of caution and avoid too may quilted patchwork items for fear of it looking like this...quilted ceiling anyone?- from 'Prize Country Quilts', a rather wonderful old quilting book.
In a small room I have to apply a bit of caution and avoid too may quilted patchwork items for fear of it looking like this...quilted ceiling anyone?- from 'Prize Country Quilts', a rather wonderful old quilting book.
The mornings are darker and school is starting to beckon... must make the most of the remaining holiday. Thinking of those in USA affected by Irene, I have seen some frightening pics of the storm, and thinking of a few other people too.
x to you all