Wednesday, March 31, 2010

some quilting updates - aka, fatal design error

I finally got the backing fabric for my bird quilt.  And thread to quilt it.  I decided I wanted to quilt this myself.  It can't be that hard, right?

Well, straight lines are harder than they look.  Luckily, my mom sent me the plexiglass table the fits my machine arm so I should have better maneuvering of the quilt now.  I think I might have to take some of these out, but that's okay.

I also spray basted it and I LOVE IT!  I've never really safety pinned a quilt (whatever, I've never quilted really quilted a quilt on this machine), but I can imagine not really liking it.  It was bad enough crawling around on the floor with this enormous belly to get the fabric smoothed out.  I'm excited to keep going on this and see how it turns out.

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I also sewed my strips together for the baby's quilt.  And I thought I was being clever with my strips.  Do you see my fatal error?
I made sure in selecting my sets of 3 that each set had a dot in it (except for 2).  Then I smugly thought it would be great to have all the dots in the middle.

Oooooops.  When I layed them out like this, I realized that meant I would have stripes of polka dots running down my quilt.  Not exactly the scrappy unplanned image I had in mind.

Then I realized I could just take a strip off one end and sew it to the other side. This moved the dots  from the middle to an end.  Does that make sense?  I did this for half of my strip sets.  Crisis averted.

Then when I layed it out to get an idea how it's going to look, I saw this:

Much better.  Don't you think?

27 crafty mcCrafters commented:

Alicia said...

I discovered last year about spray basting, and I agree...how did I ever use safety pins?!!

Jessica said...

Isn't spray basting great! I only found out about it a few weeks ago and I agree - how did we live without it?!
The baby quilt is looking fantastic!

allyn said...

those are both going to be beautiful sights to behold.

Dee said...

My hat is off to you...I thought I was crazy painting floor trim in the boys' bedroom close to term to try and turn the baby! LOL

Both of these are going to be lovely!

Take care.

Cara said...

I was on th floor pinning/gathering a queen-sized bed skirt the week before my #4 was born. Hefting that bowling bowl around under me was part of the workout.

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

Nice solution to your baby quilt crisis. I'm anxious to see it finished.
The bird quilt is going to be awesome! And you're right...the straight lines are not that easy! Very cool look, though:)

beth said...

I've made those mistakes laying out blocks too! Looks like you solved it perfectly. You're quilting looks great on that first quilt! Just keep going and You'll be a pro in no time!

Amy - Park City Girl said...

OH - You quilted it! It looks so great!! and the LOVE quilt is just right, you have 4 weeks yet, right?

Rene' said...

Amy, I really love your bird quilt! The straight line quilting is perfect for this. I can't imagine you basting this eight months pregnant. I have a hard time crawling around on the floor to smooth out a quilt not pregnant. The LOVE baby quilt looks great.

Natalia said...

I love how your new baby quilt is turning out! I love all the dots and great idea to shift the fabrics!! :)

Laura said...

What the heck is spray basting? Now you are just getting too high tech for me. :)

Sara said...

Yes, I like that a lot better! I think it will be beautiful!

LollyChops said...

The bird quilt is really looking lovely Amy!

Faith Imagined said...

Simply amazing! You are gifted!

Leslie said...

the new layout looks amazing!!!

Sew It UP! said...

Love the red bird. It's like a little surprise. I've done what you have with the strips. Made me crazy! Any whoo, it's looking good!

Valerie said...

I just discovered the basting spray too. I am amazed. Love your quilt.

Pam in Texas said...

Oooh! Love your 'design error.' It really turned out so great!

Tip for spray basting. I saw this on another web site. She fixed a wall in her sewing studie (or garagae or fence outside if it is a pretty day) added ceiling tiles and then newspapers taped around the outside of the tiles to catch the overspray. Pinned the backing to the ceiling tile wall, sprayed, lay the batting on top, sprayed and then the top of the quilt! I bought foam insulation panels at our local hardware store, mounted them on a wall in my sewing room and am using that to spray baste my quilts! Love it! No crawling around on the floor!

Andi said...

Baby quilt is divine!!!

randi said...

I am in love with the Love quilt So cute!

Randi

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em's scrapbag said...

Your baby quilt is gorgeous love all the beautiful fabrics. And I'm in awe of you crawling around on the floor while 8 months pregnate. I think it would have killed me. The quilting looks great. You are a trooper.

Pokey said...

That's the way to avert the crisis, get out the scissors! It looks great, love the dots all over! Good luck on the other quilting-it-yourself project, looks like your spray is holding well!

kjquilts said...

Have you seen the fusibe batting by Hobbs? I used to spray baste everything and it was great not to have to pin anymore. But, that smell! The fusible batting is great!

Valerie said...

I think it's super appropriate that you used those Amy Butler prints for your baby quilt because I "LOVE" it. :)

Ritapizza said...

Your bird quilt is looking fabulous! I would love to try spray basting but I don't have a large well ventilated craft space to do that... all your projects look fabulous! You choose the prettiest fabrics!

Aunt Spicy said...

AMY!!!!!!! Amazing! Really, so adorable!

Amelia said...

absolutely delightful quilting! I am really inspired. As one still learning I didn't spot any fatal errors!!!

Happy Easter and I will be back.

Amelia.x

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