Friday, May 31, 2013

What I've Been Up To

It's been sometime since I've posted, not because I have not completed anything, but because, well, LIFE just got in the way. So here are a few of my projects:

This quilt was quite a challenge. I made a sample quilt before making this one to get an idea of how to put it together. The multiple pictures in the center gave me trouble because they were all the same size. But I love the way it turned out. This is from a previous post.

These are two baby quilts I made for two new nieces. Although they are not "new now" I think they are both about a year old! I used the Creative Grids Ruler which is one of my favorite tools; for the second quilt I used the half square triangle die that I purchased for my Accuquilt Go. Both tools are terrific, they allow me to make accurate blocks without too much hassle and without tearing my hair out because something didn't match.

I had a comment about the quilts being thin. So here's the thing, there is a difference between a quilt and a comforter. Quilts are flatter, additionally the more stitching on the quilt the less likely it will be to puff up when washed. Before I bought my quilt frame I used the domestic machine to quilt the quilt (sew the top, batting and backing together). Because of the bulk of the quilt and my experience I did what was called "stitching in the ditch"; sewing around each block, which left the center of the block un-stitched. When washed the quilt would puff up which resulted in a fluffier fatter quilt. My personal preference is to use the quilting frame. I like being able to pick different designs for the stitching. Also it is much easier and less stress on my body using the frame. Hand stitched quilts can also be fatter, the stitching is usually not stitched as close together as the frame and the batting may also be thicker.

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