Tuesday, September 27, 2016

"Orange Peels" in June -

My June Wedding Sudoku seemed perfectly suited for some "Orange Peels" in the 9-patches - so I played with that today - and just love those curves -

The late afternoon sunlight shows the texture a little better -

And from the back -
It's not really as "orange" as it appears - but I suppose it would be sort of appropriate if it was -

A close-up -

And even closer -

My spacing definitely needs work - but overall you tend to see the texture first and not the uneven spacing and crooked lines. Since I gave it my best shot - I am going to ENJOY the imperfections and move on. It is not perfect - but it IS quilted - ;))

One thing I don't like about quilting the "white-on-white" fabrics that I used is that my needle (Topstitch - size 14) made little holes in the "paint" which are unsightly if you look close. I broke one needle and changed the needle twice when it started to skip stitches - they really didn't like the bulk in those corners - ;))

The borders are next - and should be fairly straight-forward - no "white-on-white" fabric or bulky corners to deal with - I just have to decide whether I want to try to find/use a stencil or if I want to try to do it free-motion - ;))

Stay tuned - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -


Gene Black said...

Your orange peel looks better than any I have done so far. Ha ha... I tend to stick with designs that I can vary the scale on purpose. That way I don't ever feel like it would be obvious that I can't stick to an exact scale.

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

Thanks, Gene - I figured it would be easy - the "grid" was already there - silly me - ;))

Katie M. said...

The 'holes' will heal when washed and usually hides a multitude of 'sins'... I use a size 18 needle on the long arm so you can imagine the holes I get. When I have to unstitch anything of size, I have an old hand held clothes steamer that I keep just for steaming those areas while the quilt is still on the frame to help heal the holes. You could probably do the same with just a burst from your steam iron... Just a thought... and I think your quilting is amazing, BTW.

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

Thanks, Katie - I'll have to try your steaming trick - I thought that washing it might help - but never considered "steaming" it - thanks for the tip. And thanks for the compliment - I've been trying to get my stitch length to be consistent - and I think I have my "rhythm" down - so I'm happy with that - ;))


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