The quilting continues

So many thread ends. Switching thread colours to match the fabrics made sense, I thought. But now as I approach the end of the quilting, I am not looking forward to working in all those ends. Usually I remember to take a few close stitches at the beginning and end, but sometime I don’t, plus I think it is neater and more professional to bury all (or almost all) of the thread tails. I am getting really good at threading my easy-thread needle, without breaking the thread which is what I was doing when I started.

Here are a few progress shots. I even did meandering–i used to hate meandering, but I’m getting better at it.

meander quilting sbc

straight line quilting design

I am planning to machine bind this quilt, but I still don’t think it will be done for TGIFF this week, which I am hosting. No matter, I have another finish to share. Come back then and see!

For today, I am linking this ongoing work-in-progress with Main Crush Monday at Cooking up Quilts.

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10 comments

  1. I like how you are meandering in different ways, it adds interest to the quilt. One of my goals is to practice machine binding more as it is faster and can be very nice when done well. I would welcome any tips you have to share on that topic!

    1. I really like the look of hand binding, but unfortunately it really bothers my wrist, so machine binding is definitely faster and washing machine friendly. My top tip is to use a topstitch foot for the final seam; I’ll make sure to take lots of pictures and share a blog post when I bind this quilt.

    2. It bothers my wrist as well and sometimes even my fingers, especially on a bigger quilt. I look forward to your post about this. I am also curious about the width of your binding strips. I usually cut 2.25 inch strips but some of my friends cut 2.5 inch strips.

    3. I’ve done both, currently I’m a fan of 2.25 inches.

      On Mon, Feb 12, 2018 at 10:33 AM, Lisa in Port Hope wrote:

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  2. Love your different quilting “motifs”! I’m still too chicken to do much more than simple straight-line quilting or SITD…

    1. My advice is to keep practicing. Definitely the right set up helps, get help from your quilt shop for feet, thread, etc. Most quilt recipients don’t see the minor bobbles which we might consider flaws but that also prove that it is a handmade item. Have a great day!

      Lisa

  3. Lisa,what pretty and vibrant colours/fabrics you’ve used here. I love your quilting; I am still learning how to machine quilt with any success. I’m still at the walking foot stage, smile.

    1. Thanks, vibrant is exactly what I was aiming for! Although, I’m not planning on using purple again soon. I’ve had enough purple.

      On Mon, Feb 12, 2018 at 9:27 AM, Lisa in Port Hope wrote:

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  4. Hi Lisa,
    I have to chime in with agreement on the different motifs you used in your quilting. Those little hearts are cute. Ugg, I hate the burying threads part – that always makes me work towards a continuous line pattern. ~smile~ Roseanne

    1. Shh, don’t tell, but I used blue on green in a few spots so I wouldn’t have to change colours…

      On Mon, Feb 12, 2018 at 9:42 AM, Lisa in Port Hope wrote:

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