Tuesday, April 24, 2012

More Machine Quilting and a New Project


I started machine quilting the blocks surrounding the center panel. Actually, I should say I started quilting one block! This is the block but it's so hard to see any of the quilting. There are lines radiating in the 4 corner squares as well as outer triangles. I've decided that lines are easy. I have no problem following a line. The problem begins with loops and swirls. I'm not talking about free motion but actually following a curved line. My machine never seems to want to go where it's supposed to!


 You can see some lines radiating out here and one of my loops on the red fabric. I'm just using my camera phone so it's difficult to see. It's a little wobbly and not exactly where I wanted it but it's all right for now. I truly believe we all need to just practice. The finished quilt will not be perfect but it's a great way to gain some experience. Just moving this quilt around is an experience!

These are just close ups of the same block. I tried swirls in the pink border. They were fun and fast! I liked sewing them the best!

I also started a new project. I have a lot of quilting to do but I like piecing and finishing smaller items also. So I started a tote bag for my friend's daughter who is graduating from high school in June. I was told her favorite colors are purple. I'm using a pattern from Atkinson Designs. I've made it many times before. It's called Lynn's Tote from the Let's Do Lunch book. Here are the fabrics.

I've already cut them and pinned them to batting and backing. The straps and body of the tote bag are all ready to be machine quilted and then sewn together. That square piece is from the fabric lining and will be a pocket on the front of the bag.
I'm done for the day. I have to work the next 2 days and will be busy. I'll probably knit after work.  I'm half done the second sock for my son so the pair is almost done!! Knitting is so relaxing after a crazy day at work. I received the new Vogue Knitting today. They have some amazing lace shawl patterns. So pretty. Something to make in the future maybe!!



9 comments:

  1. I love the fabrics you selected for the tote. I am a purple lover too, so they really speak to me.

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    1. So glad you like them! I tried to choose fun patterns since she is so young. Hope she likes the bag!

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  2. I like the swirls in the pink border too. My free motion foot just came in the mail today. I'm excited. I probably wont try to start toying with it until this weekend. and the tote colors are great! -Little Mama Hen

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    1. Good luck with you free motion foot! I think it's fun but hard at the same time!!

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  3. Good job on the quilting. I don't know if you used your flash when taking the pictures - I find the quilting shows up better when you don't.

    I have the same problem with the machine wanting to go a different direction than me. Must be a machine problem, eh? It can't be operator error! :-)

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  4. Haha, Colleen! We must have similar machines! I'll try not using the flash next time. Thanks for the tip!

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  5. Your hard work is really paying off. Love those fabrics you used, too.

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  6. Oh wow that is gorgeous, such patience you must have. My mom is a great quilter I am a sometimes quilter but I have to do it the simple way. Have a great weekend. Hugs

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    1. Thanks so much for the nice comment. Visit my blog often!!

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