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UFO Quilting – Starting To Quilt
Today I have another update on how I’m progressing with my “Big” Work In Progress – creating two single bed patchwork quilts for the bunk beds in our newly decorated spare room.
By the end of my last update about the quilts I’d got as far as sticking and pinning one set of layers together, but only as far as putting the backing and wadding together for the other – because I’d realised that I’d not finishing cutting off thread ends on the second patchwork front to make it tidy.
It didn’t take me long, while sat watching the TV, to complete the tidying up of the patchwork, and then I got on with sticking the front on the other two layers and attaching the safety pins – well it needed to be done quickly so that we could put the sofa bed back and have use of the sitting room again.
Thought I’d done something stupid, as when I went to lift the layers to put the safety pins in, the whole thing wasn’t coming off the bed – but never fear – I’d not stuck the whole thing to the matress, only forgot that I’d started with pinning the backing layer to the sofa bed so that it didn’t move and remained as flat as possible while attaching the other layers. It was a simple job to take out the pins, and then pop in safety pins to make sure everything remains together.
But I did have a bit of a break from sewing for several days after that.
The next stage was to get my sewing machine out again.
I like free motion quilting, but with two, single bed sized, quilts to do I decided to stick to straight lines, as I’d done on my last cushion covers. I figured I could still do some free motion quilting over some blocks at the end If I felt something more was needed.
So on went the walking foot to my sewing machine, and off I went with my quilting.
As I was quilting different rows I rolled the quilt up so that it easily went through the machine.
This looks as if I’m heading off straight through the middle of a block, but I’d pushed the quilt to one side off my lap to fetch my camera and forgotten to straighten it up before taking the photo.
I decided to sew my quilting lines either side of the boundry stitch lines between the colourful square blocks and the black sashing. Having made sure the needle was set to the middle of my walking foot I stitched keeping the edge of the foot to the boundry line.
This is looking at it more from the back.
Not the best photo I’m afraid, but I hope it gives you an idea.
And this is showing the stitching coming out the back.
It took me days, sitting at the machine in short sessions, to stitch all the lines from top to bottom. A few wobbles, but it looks OK if you don’t look too closely.
I then started sewing the quilting lines side to side. Done half a dozen or so rows so far.
Unfortunately I then got another infection in my damaged right leg, and this ment more time in bed with my leg elevated on pillows, therefore less time for me to sit at the kitchen table sewing.
But I will be getting back to it soon.
The 2nd quilt is still waiting for me to start the quilting.
I’m still not sure whether I need to go in with more quilting. Although most of the lines are close enough over the sashing area there are gaps of around 7″ sqare over each of the blocks, and I’m thinking that might be too wide. I threw the batting packaging so can’t refer back to that for guidance, but, of the two other packs of batting I’ve got, one says that sewing can be 8″ inches apart and the other needs stitching closer. Once I’ve finished the side to side lines I’m going to open the two rolls of batting and compare to what I’ve used in these quilts. I’m hopeing that there will be just enough difference for me to tell. And I’m hopeing that it was one that only needed quilting 8″ appart that I’ve used.
Not sure whether I’ll quilt the 2nd one next, or go on to trim off the excess wadding and backing and bind the sides of the quilt. It depends how I’m feeling when I go back to it in the next few days.
So, that’s it for now, but keep an eye out for more posts about how I’m getting on with this “‘Big’ Work In Progress”. Hopefully it won’t be too long before I have more to report.
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