Sunday, July 10, 2011

Three Out of Four

Come to find out, my goal for today was too optimistic. If I had had the borders already cut out, then I probably could have bordered all four quilts. By the time I finished cutting borders, and I actually got to start sewing, it was already noon. I did get borders on three of the quilts, and I'm pretty happy with that. I also cut up six of my thrift store shirts, along with doing a couple loads of laundry and making dinner, so I think I did pretty well.

^Here is the animal themed I Spy quilt. I noticed the name of the border fabric is Untamed Melody, which is funny to me since my name is Melodie. I will just quilt a meander on this, but I haven't decided on thread color, maybe gold.

I finished the twins quilt tops. ^This is Mr. L's samurai quilt top. I let DD#3 go through my Asian fabrics and choose which squares she wanted for the extra blocks around the panels. I can't decide how to quilt this, any suggestions? Remember I am new to FMQ, so don't tell me something too hard.

^Here is Miss S's geisha quilt top. The geisha and samurai panels started out completely different sizes, and different shapes as well. I cut them down to be the same size. It took me a while to be able to figure out how to plan out a quilt like this in EQ. I am going to quilt fans on this quilt, and I'm considering using peach colored thread, but I may change my mind on that.

I didn't have a leader/ender project going, and it was making me crazy to keep cutting the thread while adding the borders. I started looking around for something to use as leader/enders, I used up most of my small squares so I couldn't just make four patches. I finally remembered that I had cut out a couple of quilts a while back that I had put aside, one of them was perfect to use as a leader/ender project, at least for a while. I took the time to lay out a few blocks on the design wall, and now I'm using it as my leader/ender project. I am a much happier quilter now. I think those first few stitches are much nicer if it is a more continuous stitching with leaders/enders than if I am cutting thread and restarting. The best part is I'm getting some work done on yet another quilt, without stopping what I need to work on! I love leaders/enders!

1 comment:

Sandra said...

Wow! You have been busy. Great work and full of fun and color. I received the quilt clamps. Thanks so much.