Finding the best location that would show off the quilting was not so easy. Finally I attached two pants hangers to the folded quilt and opened an antique dresser drawer to hang it on. This is the Cleopatra's Puzzle, a Craftsy Block of the Month from 2012.
I purchased a couple of items that helped the quilting to come closer to my drawn picture. Mary Jo's Fabrics had a one day sale. Check out the website. It is a huge store with lots of fabric!! Anyways, I purchased a Flex Design Rule to help with drawing consistent curves, a Clover Soft Thread Pic for pulling loose threads into the sandwich Quilter's 1/4 inch tape and Schmeetz Top Stitching needles. I wish I had the Flex Design Rule for the wreath but oh well!
I had so many loose threads to pull through from the starting and ending lines that I watched several shows on Netflix on my Ipad while pulling them. I loved using the Clover Soft Thread Pic for this job. In addition to securing the threads I decreased the stitching to 1.0 at the beginning and ending of each line to lock those stitches. My machine does have the knotting stitch. I tend to stitch too many where the knots show up on the quilt.
I saw this video posted by Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville on facebook today. This Quilt-As-You-Go version completes it with all machine stitching - no hand stitching as I have done in the past. I am planning to make another Baseball T-Shirt Quilt for my oldest grandson and believe this will be the way to go. I am real excited about this find!
When I am not sewing and it isn't raining I play around in my garden. I have been collecting blue bottles with the idea of making a bottle tree. Quickly I stuck them in a planter to see if it would do anything. I think I like it. Now to remove the labels. Maybe the rain will melt them away!
Well as I write this my husband just came home and brought me a big bag of Indulgent Trail Mix - CHOCOLATE!! Good thing I went to Planet Fitness this morning so I can indulge!
This morning while perusing BlogLovin I found another Linky Party. I will be linking with Stitch by Stitch Anything Goes Quilt n Sew.
Sew Cute Tuesday.
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I saw that video on FB this morning too, I have been eager to try QAYG and i think this method is awesome, so i will definitely try it sometime soon. Your machine quilting is inspirational :)ReplyDelete
Cleopatra's Puzzle block is gorgeous! Love the fabric and the feathers, Joanie. I haven't tried QAYG yet but am hoping to in the future.ReplyDelete
wow! your FMQ looks fantastic! and thanks for the video links!ReplyDelete
:) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation
Your block looks great! Have not used the thread pic. I use self-threading needles to hide threads but I will have to check it out. Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
Stopping by from Anything Goes. Your quilting looks great.ReplyDelete
Here's another method I just came across today that I kind of like:ReplyDelete
With this method, the backing becomes the sashing and the binding. Just thought you might be interested.
Hi Kathy, I had a Fun and Done Ruler and pattern. It is a great way too for a QAYG. The design of the pattern does need to be considered so as not to chop off points.Delete