Monday, January 2, 2023

Last year -

On Saturday - the last day of the year - 
I finished quilting both of the Woof & Whisker tops - 
With giant swirls in each block - 
After the first one was finished -
I loaded the second top on the same backing - 
Two-for-one - 

Some swirls are better than others - 
But I was trying to do a "looser" design - 
To make the quilts soft and squishy - 
And the texture should be great - 

I didn't realize how close I was to running out of batting - 
Until it was almost too late - 
I'll have to pay more attention to that in the future - 

And - another thing I need to remember - 
Is to load only one quilt at a time - 
This "two-for-one" sounds great in theory - 
Especially if two tops will use the same backing - 
But by the time I got to the last row on the second one -
The bulk of the top was on the back rail and hitting the back of the machine - 
Cutting down my "workspace" -
So I had to do a row of "echo" on the last set of blocks - 
Because I couldn't do it the way I did the first few rows -

I doubt that anyone will notice -
It will be on the right side of the second top close to the edge - 

I cut the batting really close - 

But I had several extra inches at the end of the backing - 

So that part worked out nicely -
I think smaller swirls may have looked better -
In the future - I think I'll stick to smaller all-over designs -
And not try to "fill" blocks - 
But I have a bunch of tops to use for practice - 
So it should be fun to figure it out as I go - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 


Gene Black said...

Wow, you were very productive on that last day of the year. I think the only thing I made was in the kitchen. Ha ha.

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

I think it is best to try ideas for quilting and then you know what you like and what you don't. If you ever decide to quilt pebbles all over a quilt, be prepared for triple the time (or more) to quilt it and it will pull in and be much smaller (than with loose designs) when done.

Linda Swanekamp said...

You certainly are learning a lot! I don't think you will have any trouble persevering and quilting great quilts!

Katie said...

The quilting is looking good despite the troubles. And the more quilts you do, the more you'll figure out what you like and what works and all that. Good thing you have lots of tops! (I made myself a list of top contenders for next up and one was a top I'd forgotten. Oh lordy!)


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