Making Progress

by Nicole

It took me two days to get my little scrappy quilt basted and ready for quilting. I didn’t think it would take that long, but I ended up pinning it and then unpinning and re-pinning four different times to smooth out puckers on the back.  Not fun!

Once I got the quilt under the presser foot, I felt like I was pulling a quilt sandwiched with lead. It is so heavy! I didn’t know that quilting would make me work up a sweat.

I ended up putting a couple of extra tables around my sewing table to support the quilt while I sewed. This made a huge difference. Once I changed my set up, the quilting started going much smoother.

I’m working on quilting the straight lines now about an inch apart. Once I get these lines done, I plan on going  back and putting in more lines at half an inch apart. After I get those done, it will be on to FMQ!

I have no idea how long this is going to take. I’m so tempted to start another project – a quick one so that I can get some instant gratification. But, I know that starting a new project will mean I’m taking time away from this one, which means it will take longer to get this one on my bed!

The vision of this quilt on my bed is pushing me on. I can do this. I know I can.

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9 comments

shelitha2 April 1, 2012 - 2:46 am

Great idea to use other tables! You know the old principle…"slow and steady wins the race" you'll be done before you know it.

Debbie April 1, 2012 - 4:01 am

Wow – sounds like work – ha! Good luck, Nicole – hang in there!!

Megan April 1, 2012 - 4:26 am

It always surprises me how heavy all the fabric is – I always feel like I'm wrestling with a crocodile when I'm quilting anything bigger than a baby quilt (not that I have actually ever wrestled a croc haha.

Cherie April 1, 2012 - 8:45 am

Sounds like a grand task. That's why I've stuck to the smaller quilts or I use a very light wadding so my quilts don't end up too heavy =D

Katy Cameron April 1, 2012 - 9:30 am

Time to invest in the spray baste ;o) Good luck with all the quilting – my machine has an extension table and it makes a big difference

sandyb April 1, 2012 - 2:59 pm

Good luck – keep plugging away is what I say and you will get it done. I try to finish each project because I know me – I will remember the difficulties and forget the wonderfulness I had in my mind of the project to begin with (but that is just me). I have been wanting to make a quilt for our bed but I have been having an awful time picking out colors (so many wonderful new collections coming out and new colors) and I can't imagine then deciding on the the final layout – OH MY, sounds like I better get any small task I want to get done, done:)

Have fun:)

Erin @ Why Not Sew? Quilts April 1, 2012 - 4:54 pm

oh, i can't wait to see it finished! isn't it funny how physical quilting a big quilt can be?! you wouldn't think so but between getting on the floor and basting and then machine quilting you can really get a work out 🙂

tubilinha tiacarminha April 1, 2012 - 5:40 pm

Ai,seus braços…Eu sei que dĂłi muito,mas vale a pena.Eu tenho duas mĂĄquinas enquanto eu descanso de uma peça vou começando outra.Vai em frente nĂŁo desanime,de repente vocĂȘ terĂĄ muitas e cada vez melhor.Beijos minha linda.

Kelly April 1, 2012 - 7:54 pm

Two days to baste!!!! Keep going Nicole, it's going to look amazing.

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