Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Week 2 - lines & quadrants

Have pottered some more; firstly have done a run the centre of my stripes quilt using the lines method. Tried two goes; one with cotton thread & one with embroidery thread; I prefer the latter. Below is the second attempt (with embroidery thread) Second photo is of the centre of my stripes top and the first black border, also done using the lines method. Think it went OK.
Now for my first go at quadrants: done on my calico sandwich with embroidery thread again. Its so much easier working with this small amount of fabric, compared with the quilt (but getting stuck into the quilt does make me feel good).
Will try and play some more before Leah uploads Week 3!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Quilt Along #1, part 2

Had another go at lines, given that I've now decided on my preferred settings for the machine.

Ran out of bobbin thread twice (finishing of bits on bobbins), but all good practice.

Have made more decisions: will baste up my strips swap quilt ( the swap was years ago, and I finished the top probably in 2008. It has been waiting to be quilted since that time. As I do have the backing fabric, and batting, will try and pin baste it tomorrow, then use it for the practice for week 2 ( quilting in quadrants/grid) so that I'm all caught up in time for week 3 next Wednesday.

Now a word or two: this blog is for me, to record my progress though Quilt Along. If anyone else happens to stumble upon it, you are more than welcome to read and look at photos if you like.

But thanks to the QA project (apologies for using acronyms, but QA and FMQ should be self-explanatory), I have
1. Started a blog
2. Actually taken the DVD that came with my new machine and viewed parts of it
3. Tried using the BSR that came with my new machine
4. Set up the quilting table that I bought to go ith my new machine
5. Used my Supreme Slider and Machingers for two sessions of FMQ

So for this, Leah, I am sincerely very grateful. Look forward to a bit more playing once the strips quilt is basted.

But off to the movies tonight, so a nana nap is called for, else I shall be falling asleep when the lights go dim. Photos of these first two sessions of playing will be added tomorrow.

Quilt Along #1, part 1

So I've started Quilting Along. Picked out a bit of fabric & batting last night, and put it together this morning.

I've done a first run through and decided on a few basics for my free motion quilting:
1. Love my super slider & machingers that I've had for over a year now, and hardly used (not enough finished projects to quilt, alas.

2. Am skipping the magic bobbin washer - after playing, think tension etc looks better without it

3. Despite having the lovely new machine with BSR, do better with it off

4. Am a dogs down girl

So having done one run through week 1 of quilt along, I'm diligently unpicking all that stitching to try a second run now that I have worked out my preferences for FMQ, and will do a second set of lines.

Then onto week 2.

Back to the machine!

Getting Started with Quilt Along

Lots more I should be doing, but....
Leah Day has inspired me. I'm going to "shut up and quilt", but need to share some of what I'm doing at my machine with link-ups on her 2012 Quilt Along. Haven't made it to the machine yet, but at least now have a Blog (something I thought I would never do).
Now to try and link it in....