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A Quilter's Journey. I have become a piecer of quilts. The part I love the most is choosing a design, the colour/fabric selection, then piecing.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

A Fresh Start

 Dia Duit, a re take from the other day.So much better, that my first attempt.
I thought the colours were a tad dark,in the above quilt, so decided to try the cream/brown/pink combo. Next to quilt it, have not dediced which pattern, as yet. Slan, O'faigh

Monday, 20 March 2017

Under tension....unpicking...Over Tension...

 Dia Duit, pictured above is a small doll quilt that I have recently made.Double Hour Glass was the pattern.The quilting pattern was a flowered stitch.What is wrong with the quilt?
The quilt pieced together really well. I pinned the layers on the quilt frame and used a flower pattern for the machine quilting.When I took the quilt off the frame, the backing was puffed.I have not had that happen before.The only thing I can think of is when I rolled up the quilt for the next row of machine quilting, I must not have tensioned the backing roller. Last Thursday, was spent unpicking the quilting, what a job!!!!!!!!!!!It took five hours to unpick.I pressed the quilt, no machine quilting showing. Well and good.
I discarded the wadding and backings, and started afresh. I changed the quilting pattern to feathers, and once finished , took the quilt off the frame, all well and good, no puckers.
Next Step,press and then straighten the borders in readiness for binding.It was then I had
 realized, I had overtensioned on the quilt frame. The little quilt was distorted and had to be discarded.I was not a happy camper at this stage. As I loved the colours, the pattern and the machine quilting pattern. I have pinned it on my design wall as a reminder about tensioning.
DH commented, you always overtension.What to do? start allover again, by this stage I had the heebie jeebies. Another one of DH comments, if you are doubting yourself, time to sell the machine and frame. Progress report in my next post. Slan, O'faigh ps I am going to cut the little quilt and make a shoulder bag.

Friday, 10 March 2017

How to whittle away a Friday afternoon....

Dia duit, I am making progress with the remaining blocks for the Splendid Sampler. How I wish this little bird was foundation pieced, instead of rotary cut pieces. It took me nearly four hours from start to finish. Hmmmm DH comment was I do not like your colours. My response was they were the colours in my colour palette...Sheeeeee. Slan, O'faigh