I must be delusional to think that I can whip something easy up quickly. I seem to do this to myself every other project. (I apparently read too many sewing blogs where everything turns out beautiful.)
I started quilting the robot star quilt–it’s not going well. Here it is basted
It went downhill after that. I spent 2 hours machine quilting with a cream-colored thread. I had originally envisioned doing something different in each triangle and doing some echo quilting in the blue Kona sections. It was horrid. I’m fine if I use my presser foot as my guide but when I try to use the seam guide to quilt in wider swaths, things just go askew.
So I spent 4 hours and ripping out the unfortunate quilting and posted it on my local modern quilt guild’s site to ask for suggestions since these women are super talented and everything I’ve seen them do is exceptional. So many wonderful suggestions–most involving FMQ (cue scary music) which I’ve never attempted. I do need to try FMQ but I’m not ready to do that on a baby quilt that I want to give as a gift soon (–um like last week soon). At the rate I’m going, I should have just hand quilted it. I would have had better control at least.
So last night, I went back to the drawing board. I’ve got 3 echo lines done inside the star with a blue variegated thread–I’m ripping out the inner outline because I just couldn’t keep my seam guide where I wanted it. Once I get that line of thread ripped out, I guess I’ll draw all my lines on and go back to using my presser foot as my guide since that’s what works for me. On the upside, I’ve finally figured out how to pull my top thread to the top so that I don’t get a big nest on the back.:)
I did an embroidered label for this quilt too and it’s ready to go as soon as the quilting is done.
I’m still trying to decide what to do for the binding. I toyed with the idea of doing continuous prairie points around the entire quilt but I think maybe I should do that another time after I practice it on something little first (seeing as how the quilting has delayed me). Which fabric would you choose for the binding? I pretty much have plenty of each except for the orange argyle and the brown with blue dots. I have a lot of the striped fabric (an organic cotton from Robert Kaufman that I got on sale at Crimson Tate)–this fabric is so soft -perfect for a baby quilt.
Well, off to seam ripping…