Sunday, April 17, 2011

"A day patched with quilting seldom unravels"

Don't you just love that quote? It's so true. I get in my sewing room and it's like going on vacation. Color! Patterns! Soft, cuddly stuff all around! Once I get my quilting 'fix' I can face the day, or, more often, once I'm done with things I HAVE to do, a respite in my sewing room is my reward.

I'm working on my April UFO here. The pins are still in it and you can see the markings I made with white pen. It's a top I finished a couple of years ago with 20 blocks in different rainbow colors of batiks on black. I envisioned quilting it with bright colors of thread to match the blocks but even though I've had quite a number of years of machine quilting practice, really wasn't sure I could pull it off.

With some encouragement from my "best machine-quilter" friend plus the fact that I bought a Janome bobbin case made especially for machine quilting that another friend told me was great, (and that totally fixed my tension problems!!) I have success! I'm very happy with the way it's turning out!

This UFO WILL be done by the end of the month and I'm going to try to take a photo of it that does it justice rather than the rather washed-out version you see here. You'll notice I used a black batting to keep any "bearding" that might occur from a white batting at bay.

Thanks to Judy for the encouragement to finish my big stack of UFOs! See what other quilters are working on at Judy's blog!


Debbie said...

Your April UFO looks great. I this UFO Challenge. I don't think I would have ever finished some of these projects and now I have hope that I will finish everything on my list.

Quilter Kathy said...

I find it very hard to follow a line, especially a curved line when machine quilting...your quilting looks great!

Jennifer Woo said...

That looks so nice! I am going to head to Woodland soon to get that bobbin case. Tension issues are a pain!!

Mary said...

I love the designs you are using in your quilting. Did you draw them free hand or did you have a stencil?

ANudge said...

Great job you are doing on that quilt, Diane.


Gari said...

Your quilting looks great, you have every right to be proud of it.