Saturday, February 12, 2011
Free Motion Quilting My Wacky Lap Quilt & A Quilting Quick Fix Tip
Quilt Bus was in town. Mom's quilt has been finished and my Dad has spent many naps under that quilt while mine has been unfinished--but no more!
I really didn't have a plan when I started to quilt. I just wanted to experiment and this is the result.
Last week a snow storm hit our area and I was off work for two days--so I celebrated my days off by sitting at my sewing machine. I quilted the center and then the borders with feathers and leaves. The center was quilted pretty heavy and last Saturday I laid it down in the middle of the floor and my heart sank a little because I could see little ripples in the borders that had not been quilted yet. When I think I'm in trouble, I'll call Mom. I told her my dilemma and how much I had quilted it and we decided that I did nothing wrong because I measured twice before I added my borders. I don't like the ripple effect when fabric stretches. Measuring and pinning are my friend when I want to have a quilt lay flat. So today when I finished, it did lay flat as in the first picture above--I worried about nothing!
This was a fun project! I used Highlights from Superior Threads. It is 40 wt high sheen polyester that is made for a crazy quilter like me! I used a #90 Topstitch needle in my machine. Topstitch needles are one of my top choices for a quilting needle for two reasons. Reason number one they are easier to thread and reason number two is it keeps the thread from shredding and breaking.
As I was quilting, I had a problem with my quilt sliding off the side of the table.
Here is a quick fix! I already had these clamps that I bought from an office supply store many years ago. They were clamped to my table with the silver levers sticking up. They're not a perfect system, but they did do a decent job of keeping my quilt on the table. Every once in a while I would have to snap the levers back where I wanted them.
If you are looking for my One World One Heart post, just click on the link :)