Thursday, 10 May 2012

Latest quilt completed


There is not much more I can say about this quilt and type of FMQ I used to quilt this quilt.  You can read up and see close up photos of it here.

I had a lot of fun making this quilt, I used  various types of FMQ that I learned from Leah Day's Free Motion Quilting Project.  Such as stippling, sharp stippling and zippling all in different scales.




After I washed it I deliberately put this quilt in the dryer on a warm setting until it was completely dry to try and puff up the fabric and cause it to shrink a bit.  I love the effect and love the textures of the different types of quilting I used.

At times while I quilted zippling on the borders I felt like throwing my hands up in the air and set this quilt on fire.  Every time I went in a specific direction, the thread would either break or it would simply skip its stitches.  So I went back to Leah's website and found an answer to this, and I quote: 
"This might sound weird, but machines can be finicky.  Remember that by free motion quilting in all directions, you're using the machine in a way that it's not truly designed for.  It may simply not like to stitch in one particular direction."
You can read about it on question thursday #16 and thinking about it, it makes total sense.  It was just weird how it always happened while going in a specific direction.  But in the end, I tried to keep my calm, pulled those few stitches out, and just carried on.  


I am happy with the result and would definitely use the design again, this time with a lot more patience...


Happy quilting



8 comments:

Joan said...

Looks truly wondersul Marelize...well done!!

sherry said...

the zippling looks lovely...well done....i use the little magic bobbins washers...they do help...can you find them in SA....if you can't let me know right away...i can try to find some this weekend at the quilt show and them send them either by post or with my dear friend who is coming home for 2 months(she would then post them in SA)...

Marelize Ries said...

Thanks Joan!

Marelize Ries said...

I have searched the internet at our local quilt shops with no luck. I have thought of ordering them from abroad, but its just not practical. The Rand/Dollar is just too high, include postage makes the price double...

Danielle Hudson said...

Love the finished quilt! I feel for you and the thread breaks. I went through that with my old machine. Very frustraighting! In the end, it didn't matter what I did. My old machine didn't like FMQing. I still have the old machine for decorative stitching. My new one is purely a straight stitcher. It won't even zig-zag. But it FMQ beautifully.That does not mean you need a new machine. It could be as simple as changing your needle, cleaning out the lent, oiling your machine, using a differnt thread, re-threading, making sure your thread isn't getting caught on the spool. Hope this little checklist helps.

Marcia - Crafty Sewing and Quilting said...

Really cool quilt! Thanks for sharing at Minutes for Me Linky Party!

skippie said...

Marelize, Love your quilt and the quilting. I also like he wrinkly finish after washing a quilt, it gets that homely feeling.

Susan Entwistle said...

Nice job on the quilt. I really like the pattern. Email me with your address. I'll tape a couple of the magic bobbin washers in a card and mail it to you Monday.

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