Sunday, June 30, 2013

A Giveaway Winner! And... etc...

Kisses for BB a mini quilt 20.75"  x  18.75"

Thanks to everyone who has entered the giveaway.   Apologies to all the Russian spammers but I've taken your comments out of consideration. Sorry.  Oh and now any comments need a registered user :) (Which as far as I know doesn't bring up the annoying word verification?)

The WINNER of the Giveaway is mumasu! Congratulations! I've sent you an email for more details.

There has been lots going on here the last couple of months. Unfortunately not that much was sewing related :(  I was working on a mini quilt for the challenge over at Ellison Lane Quilts but didn't finish it in time. My machine and I were having a big difference of opinion in the way stitches should be sewn.  I thought they should be one after the other, in a row, nice and neat. My Machine(on good days I call her Ella) thought she could just do a couple here, one there and skip the rest whenever she wanted.

By the time we had reached a compromise(She would sew nicely and I wouldn't put her out in the rubbish bin), it was too late.

Mini Quilt - Quilting
She's co-operating but only just!

The test mini had trapunto, my first attempt and I'm not sure it was all that successful? The X's stand out much better on the back than the front? And no, I didn't finish off my stitches properly, I had already used up all my patience so I just did a locking stitch and cut the threads (Sorry about the iPhone photos, I seem to have left my camera in a safe spot...somewhere...)  It also had a more random look to the X's but a friend mentioned it was driving her head crazy so for the baby quilt I'm making, I skipped the trapunto and I lined them up straight.  Which my type-A quilting personality loves!

So Basting was fun.. all three times.

The first time was a red hot mess. Which is what you get when you pin baste and try to play hide-n-seek with a whingy 4 year old at the same time. I do love the square spiral look though, so I'm going to try it again in the future - when the memory has faded.

Lets not even mention the second attempt.

The third time I dissed the pins and went straight for the glue.  It lasted well enough. It does not seem to last long on a wool wadding and since I'd already marked lines I couldn't iron it back together.

Spray basted and ready for action!
This time I went for straight wavy lines, not a true serpentine but very forgiving in those cases where you get a sudden cramp in your shoulder and all of a sudden you're sewing at right angles to before. The threats must have worked because she sewed all the lines beautifully.

wavy serpentine straight line quilting
It looks a bit wonky on the bed but its not really and I've just the binding and label to go! 

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Linking up with Fresh sewing day and looking forward to July Holidays.  Ooh Yeah!!


Unknown said...

Just stop by for saying that was amazing contest. Congratulation to the winner.


Unknown said...

I love the serpentine quilting for this one!

Dominique said...

Hi there
Just found your blog because of a comment you left on mine. Those two kisses quilts were beautiful (I especially love the mini). Sorry to see you haven't posted anything in the last year, would have loved to see more of your work but... I get it.

Karin said...

Oh my, that's a lot of Xs! :-) I love the last one with the wavy line quilting, it looks so neat!

Carla said...

This is just lovely 😊