First of all thank you all so much for your compliments on my Check Mark quilt. So many have said they too do not like to do machine quilting and do not think they ever well. I think those of us that always hand quilted just have a hard time coming to love our sewing machines like some of you do that have actually named them I look on the machine as a tool to get done faster but not necessarily something that I think will look better than hand work. It won’t matter how much practice I have – it is just something I do not care for and I doubt I will ever come to love it. I might still try to do a small quilt now and then especially if it needs to get done fast but I just don’t put enough effort into the process. But my love is hand work – that is what I find relaxing and joyful. To me hand work is just so quite and peaceful – a time to think of things, go over lists in my mind, day dream, think of more quilts! watch/listen to tv ect. It is just one of the most relaxing things in the world to me.
Someone asked me why not pay a long arm quilter to do the work then that I don’t like to do. I have never paid someone to do one of my quilts – it is firmly against what I want to do as a quilter. First of all I like to make the quilt from start to finish – by hand most of the time. To make a quilt top by hand and then have it machine quilted just doesn’t sit right with me I am such a quilt purists I guess–LOL Also I do not really have it in my budget – I make a lot of tops and I’m not going to pay out that much money for someone to do it for me. Second I know a lot of you like the look of machine quilting and the panto’s – all over swirly designs – I don’t – that is just me – it is not something I care for on my quilts. Maybe one day I will need to have help in finishing my quilts but until that day I will do them myself even if it means I can’t do as many as I want to make.
Now on to Floral Fantasy. Now that the zigzag quilt is done, before I pin baste another top and put it in the hoop I thought I would get another block appliqued. They are all crammed up on the wall right now overlapping each other so I could see color. I thought before I go much further I needed to change a little on the first block in the second row – the burgundy color is too dark as you can see it really blends into the back ground too much. I did not want to have to unpick the pieces so I thought I would outline embroider another color so it would stand out more.
It is not a big change but I think it will be enough. When I get done doing this block then I will start on the next one.
All the pieces are glue basted in place and I have my thread picked out of my cabinet and I was lucky once in again in having threads that match.
I hope every one had a great weekend and thanks again for all you compliments. I was more pleased with the look of the quilt after I had washed and dried it. The crinkly look does so much for a quilt and it really helps in hiding all those mistakes we see (but normally no else does).