Saturday, April 09, 2016

 I've been busy doing lots of things lately, dealing with produce from my son's garden, babysitting and visiting with family, trying to finish some projects and of course quilting.

This quilt was a huge undertaking, custom everything and to complicate matters I couldn't quilt on the applique (too stiff with some kind of bonding material) go too near the embroidery, and the back was a very thick fabric, almost like wool. The seams in it proved difficult in a couple of places where the machine couldn't get over them easily, but in the end it all turned out well.

Some people may not realise it, but it's harder to do larger open motifs; the tiny tight quilting so beloved of some longarmers is easier, if more labour intensive. Launching a feather out into a large open space is a nail biting moment for me- is it going to come out well? Even after all this time I still agonise over it, sigh.

 There are always bits I wish I could go back and smooth out or redo, but I haven't got time to make everything perfect. And I have never come across a customer who would let me put placement marks on their top- I'm sure most of them intend to never ever wash the finished quilt at all. So I do the best I can within all the limitations, including what the customer is willing to pay.

I don't seem to have a photo of the finished quilt, perhaps it's on Keryn's camera.

I have finished another long term project, my Pastel Strippy. So many long seams!

I have to iron it and hang it up for a photo, but as you can see the English Squares is still up on the wall, because I'm loath to take it down.I just don't want to fold it up yet...


Leeanne April 09, 2016  

Looks beautiful! Lovely feathers, they layers sound challenging.

Sue SA April 10, 2016  

Sometimes we are our own worst critics, your custom quilting looks perfect to me! I can understand being scared of the big spaces though. I still hate cutting wide borders - just in case I stuff them up! Loving the Pastel strippy - not usually my taste but it works so well like this, the colours get to shine and your eye rests on them.

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