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That’s me the eternal optimist…

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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

Basted robot star

So far so good.

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.

Horrid quilting 1  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.

The label-I put a robot on my t-shirt for this one.

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…

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Author: LauraC

I am a working mother of 3 beautiful children and wife of a very supportive husband (that is addicted to running). I love creative endeavors. Quilting is my way to get in touch with myself and unwind and hopefully connect with others too.

4 thoughts on “That’s me the eternal optimist…

  1. I love your embroidered label(s)! What a lovely personal touch. I think striped binding is so cute, and that’s a lovely stripe with lots of colors. I’m curious about your prairie point idea, though! Even if you don’t use it to bind this quilt, I’d love to see how you would do it someday.

    • Why thank you. I’m kind of fond of my label too-a little time consuming but worth it I think. I will definitely post here if I decide to do prairie points for a future quilt. I’m leaning towards the stripe too.

  2. I’m so late to this party and I know your quilt is done, but I wanted to mention something that helps with quilting in straight lines or patterns – masking or painters tape. It’s easier/more clear than marking lines with a ruler, and you can make all kinds of shapes to just follow with the foot of your machine, and then it just peels off without leaving marks. It’s helped me a lot :).

    • Thank you. I don’t know why I never thought of the tape-I’ve heard that before. I prefer to do organic lines for the most part. Now that I’m finally teaching myself to FMQ, I may actually get a little more adventurous in my quilting designs.

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