Sunday, September 21, 2008


I have finished my first orphan quilt and the first of my New Year's Eve challenge quilts. I started with some abandoned pinwheel blocks and used scraps to make all kinds of others. I had never made a row quilt before so I guess that makes it another first. Three for one. Alright!

I added top and bottom borders for a finished quilted size of 39 x 58". I probably should have added borders on the sides too but it is an okay size for a child's utility quilt. I used the same border fabric on the back.

I quilted it on my sewing machine with a regular foot. My walking foot was hiding and unavailable. I did some adjustments and thought it was going to work fine. And I think it may have if I had done a lot of pinning. But I was too lazy, and instead I did some spray basting which resulted in some very uneven quilting. I do like the method of just sewing forward, stopping with needle down, making a slight turn, using the back stitch to sew a short distance, again stopping with needle down and finally pivoting so the next forward line crosses the first line. Another time I would definitely pin, pin, pin and make the quilting pattern larger. I wonder if it would have been as fast to tie it.

Anyway, this quilt allowed me to let my creative spirit run wild and that was so very much fun.
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Clare said...

Do the feed dogs drop on your machine? I ask because mine don't and I'd love to be able to machine quilt (without a walking foot). Any advice?

Hav eyou got your blog sorted out yet?

Tropical Screamer said...

What a great quilt. There are so many fun things to see. I love the butterfly fabric.

Thank you for sharing the pics.

Best regards,

Fran said...

Beautiful quilt. And I know what you mean about the basting spray. Oh Well, live and learn as they say. By the way in case Clare comes back and reads this again, tell her to tape a little piece of cardboard over her feed dogs. Works great on my old machines. The ceareal box kind of cardboard.

Keep up the great work.


Kathleen from Yesteryear Embroideries said...

How very pretty! blessings, Kathleen