Quilting on X Marks the Spot has gotten all of the X’s quilted and I am now on to the border. I went and lost one of my metal fingertip thimbles (stick on’s) and so I need to order another for back up. Looked all over the place for it and can’t find it. Good thing I still have some of the leather stick on thimbles as for the border I take it off of the hoop and lay it over my knees and with my left hand holding on to the border and a stick on thimble on my right hand thumb and middle finger I get the quilting done. I can actually quilt faster this way but find it harder to do more than the borders this way – maybe I need to practice one this winter when I don’t mind so much quilt draped over me. I find it much harder to quilt with my paddle thimble when I am working on a border this way and that is why I switch to the stick on thimbles.
The back. I mentioned that I am not over loading this quilt with quilting and you can see that better on the back but there is still plenty of quilting in it to hold it all together. This one should quilt up nicely.
On Friday a little more progress made on Joseph’s Coat. Here is one section I worked on that day – to the left more was done.
I think I need to stick with Hand Quilting but occasionally try machine quilting – I might need to stick with what I do best
Now as far as the Pyramid Quilt goes – I machine quilted on Wed, Thur., & Friday. I am not pleased with it, I can see where perfect piecing comes into play when quilting with straight lines – I am not a perfect piecer and I could tell that with this quilt! I know we are all our own worst critic and I am very critical of this. I can do a straight line much easier by hand than machine!!! One reason for the un-straight lines is that the points of many of the triangles were off a little bit so some of the lines are almost in the ditch and others are not making the lines uneven.
The back – as you can see right now is shows the quilting in triangle shapes. I don’t know how much more quilting I will do with this. The good thing is this quilt didn’t cost much to make. The white fabric and the backing fabric are from a sale that another quilter had getting rid of fabric from a quilter that had died this past winter – a massive stash had to be dealt with and all was a dollar a yard. The jelly roll I got on half price and the batting was from a 40% hobby lobby coupon – total for this quilt that measures 55 x 65 was $30.00
I wasn’t going to show more photos of the seams not matching but then thought well maybe it can help someone else realize why perfect piecing matters. So for those of you in the home machine quilting world – should I go ahead and do straight lines all the way across the pieced strips going through the whites and all the way across? It seems like it needs more quilting as the triangles look like of big on the back especially. I do not know how to free motion – I tried it on some scrap sandwiches and they turned out really bad – stitches all kinds of sizes and kind of loopy in places on the back. I’m not going to waste a lot of time on this quilt as I have others I like much more.
If I try machine piecing again for straight lines I will make sure the quilt is done with that in mind from the very beginning and try to really piece accurately. I think baby quilts would be better than couch size to practice this on!!