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!

6 comments:

Debbie said...

Your April UFO looks great. I agree...love 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.

Congrats!

Gari said...

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