Monday, January 7, 2013

Almost finished

Whoo hoo!  A bit more binding stitching, a good wash and dry, and it is finished!  Done!  Fertrig!

It is, of course, totally wonky.  Never mind The Yarnarian; I'm the Wonkarian.  Cannot sew a straight row on the machine, to say nothing of my goofy hand stitching.  Can't really call it hand quilting, because it's too odd for that.  But, still, I really love this baby quilt.  

I've learned a lot from this quilt.

1.  Next time I hand quilt anything, I have to put in lines to stitch on.  Freeform stitching is kind of wonky.

2.  The Hubz and I got the walking foot to work.  I'm not sure if it did anything, but it walked.

2.  Took the Engineer Hubz and me together to look at MSQ's binding tutorial at least 5 times to understand how the binding tool works.  But now we have it, and my binding was exactly the right size.

3.  I'm never, ever, ever going to make a large bed quilt.  Wrestling this 39" square under the machine to machine quilt the borders was enough.   I have no idea how people can manage large quilts under a regular sewing machine.

4.  I'm going to work on quilt-as-you-go for anything that I start.  I have a few flimsies in varying stages, but except for one of them, none are qayg.  

5.  I really love English paper piecing, and want to do it many many more times.

6.  I'm not interested much in speed; I am a process knitter, and I think also a process quilter.  It's the working on the project that's fun for me.

So today I finish it up and wash it and dry it, and one little baby boy will get a goofy quilt to sleep on, or under or later on maybe make a little tent.

And now what shall I start next?  Yep, I have UFOs, but that's normal for me. 


FINISHED.  GO LOOK AT THE NEWEST POST TO SEE PICS.

14 comments:

Onnie said...

Very cute quilt! Love it. I'm with you on the machine quilting. I can't do free motion. I need a class. Maybe that needs to be a goal for next month...practice every day.

Rhonda said...

Hi Ruth. You are too funny. I think the quilt looks great!!

Chris said...

That quilt is too darn cute. Great work.

Gari in AL said...

Really nice little quilt. And I am a process quilter, too. I tend to work on several things at the same time but that's because I like variety. However, I am almost never in a hurry, enjoying the process rather than the need to get it done. That said, I do love the sense of accomplishment when I do complete a project. I guess I love it all (except cutting the fabric).

Sarah said...

The quilt looks great from here. Mister will love it no matter what cuz you made it for him!

And yes, it can be rough to wrangle a larger quilt but I love machine quilting so I struggle along. Having a large flat table that my machine sits into is helpful.

Sarah said...

BTW - can't wait to see your next EPP project. I just today discovered some rose star variations and might have to add some to my owl quilt...we shall see...

still here and never going back said...

So pretty!

mycreativecorner3 said...

very pretty and I don't see any problems in it. I can't quilt on my little sewing machine. I used to hand quilt but the old joints can't anymore. It really is all about the process. I have a long arm. Maybe you have a long armer near you, wrestling all that fabric is not fun on a little machine.

Kate said...

Very pretty! Love all the colors you've used. What is the name of the pattern you used. This one may need to go on my bucket list.

Ruth said...

Thanks, all. I try to respond with emails, but for some reason, Yahoo isn't sending any of my email anywhere, sooooo.....

I made up the pattern. I bought some elongated hexies and some 1" squares at Paper Pieces and played around with an arrangement. Made my own 2" square pieces, and then put together.

I used a jelly roll I had, so really no fussy cutting.

It was a lot of fun, and now I need to think what to do next.

I'm brand new at machine quilting, and if you look closely at the borders, you'll see all my wonky sewing. ;-)

knitnkwilt said...

I'm with you on the process thing--it is the doing that is good. Oh I like a finish, but don't mind giving a quilt up if I have enjoyed making it and have taken its picture.

I like your design--shapes and color choice.

Ruth said...

I'll miss this little quilt, but it's going to our brand-new grandson, so I'll get to admire it with him on it.

Helen said...

I love that little quilt - very cute!

Alycia said...

Love it! Its perfect in its wonkiness !!!

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