A four-patch with quarter circles appliqued raw-edge style. Orange thread is in the machine because of the quilting and it matches here.
Another design that starts out with a four patch, but this one goes way beyond that. Most of the border will be hidden in the seam allowance so very little will show.
I know I've done circle of triangles before, but it looked really good last time and I enjoy using up these pretty little scrap bits. I was thinking about making a snippets quilt, but I think I have enough WIPs.
One of my friends from HubPages, Mark Ewbie, drew a drawing of a woman looking on as a man was reading the directions. I really liked it, so I cropped it and recreated it in fabric. There was a quilting challenge to make something with the theme of reading, and since I didn't want to start a new project, I could at least satisfy myself that I did something about reading in my quilt.
Beginning of Row Six
Here's the layout of this week's row. I haven't sewn these together yet.
I have secured the applique on all of the blue and yellow sections of this block, as well as all the 1857 blocks. I am doing them assembly line by color, to avoid continual changing of thread on my machine. I still have to do the green (once I get some green thread) and the red. There is going to be a lot of starts and stops for the leaves on this block.
Daisies QuiltingBefore I show you the quilting on the daisies, I need you to turn into a man on a galloping horse. While you are at it, you might as well choose to be an unobservant man. Get on the horse and gallop really fast, as fast as the horse can handle. Are you ready?
Ahh, isn't it lovely?
All right, I will show you a clearer picture.
I've quilted a couple of the daisies down. I am facing several issues in doing this.
- I am planning on giving this quilt to someone, so the stakes are higher.
- The fusible I used was not a good quality, and even though I did press them (at least twice), the petals still are not secure in some places. It also has been sitting, folded, for a while. There are a couple of places where the petals bubbled up and got a fold stitched into the quilting. I'm willing to let those go.
- I don't have a flat bed on my sewing machine. I bought a drop-in table, and while it solved the problem for my old machine, my new machine doesn't fit in the table. I have put up stuff (books) to get the bed as flat as possible but I still have some drag. I'm going to have to research and save up for a bed for this machine.
- Those inner petals have to be pinned out of the way, and the pins have to be avoided while quilting.
- Free motion quilting works sometimes for me and sometimes it doesn't. I did fine on the improv quilt but it was fairly small. The biggest problems I had on that one was to limit the jerkiness and getting the stitch length from being excessively big or small. I didn't have tension problems on that quilt.
Question: Is this type of tension problem just an issue because it doesn't look good, or will it come apart with washing and use? Just trying to figure out how important it is to fix it.
Moving It Forward
Freemotion By the River
Building Blocks Tuesday
WOW - WIPs on Wednesday