Quilting Day: Quilting

It’s quilting Friday! It has been several weeks since I have had a quilting Friday and I know my husband is thrilled because this means I am one step closer to having his quilt finished.

Quilting Day

I finally had time to set down and start the actual quilting process of the quilt. Being my second quilt, I was dreading the process. With my first quilt, I had difficulty getting such a big quilt through the sewing machine arm. It even took me several days to quilt the first quilt. With the husband’s quilt, the quilting did not seem to be as challenging. I sewed in straight lines up and down the quilt and was able to finish in one afternoon. I also had less trouble getting the quilt through the arm of the sewing machine.

Quilting on quilting day

One thing that may have made a difference is that I used quilting rings to keep my quilt rolled up while I sewed. With the rings, the quilt fit through the sewing machine arm with ease. I did have to stop a few times and re-roll my quilt and adjust the rings but even this did not seem to be a hassle.  I will definitely use these rings on my next quilt.

Quilting Rings

Half way through quilting, I began to think about my stitch length. The normal setting for my sewing machine seems to have a short stitch. Since I was already so far along, I decided to leave the stitch length but I think on my next quilt I will lengthen the stitch. This may also make the process a little faster.

I am still pleased with how the quilt is coming together. Now I have to bind the quilt.

What are your tricks that make quilting easier?

Be Inspired,

Dena

Quilt Sandwich

Quilting DayI have been working on my quilt sandwich. No, it’s not something you can eat. The quilt sandwich is the quilt top, batting, and backing pinned together to hold the quilt in place while sewing.

Not only am I using pins to hold the quilt sandwich together, but I also used fusible batting. This requires a large enough space to spread the quilt out flat. I laid out the backing with the wrong side up and ironed it out. After laying the batting on top of the backing, I placed the quilt top face up on the batting. I then ironed the quilt top to the batting. When ironing start in the middle of the quilt and work out to the edges.Ironing QuiltThe fusible batting is not a sure way to keep the quilt from slipping while sewing so I also pinned the quilt sandwich together.

Pinning QuiltNow, I am ready to quilt. I hope to get some quilting done this next week but it is spring break here and my girls will be here from college. I can’t wait to see them but that usually means I don’t get much done.

Be Inspired,

Dena

Quilting Day: Quilt Top

Quilting DayI finally did it! I have the quilt top finished. It took me longer than I expected but there seem to be all these little distractions that we sometimes call life that keep getting in the way.

When I started putting the quilt top together, I didn’t think I would like the Duck Dynasty fabric against the camo fabric. I kept telling myself that I should have put a solid gray there instead of the duck calls. But, it’s not my quilt and the hubby likes the duck calls. So I kept piecing it together not really sure I would like the end result.

FabricBut, now that I see the quilt top laid out on the floor, the combination really isn’t bad. The hubby likes it and that is really all that matters. He was really surprised by how big it was, he thought it would be some little throw. And now he hopes I finish it before summer gets here.

Quilt TopThis weekend I hope to get started making the quilt sandwich. Then I will just have to find the time to quilt between this and that. I quilt by machine so it shouldn’t take long once I set down at the machine but the challenge will be finding the time to set down at the machine.

Yesterday, at my day job, a coworker showed me a quilt she just finished. It was gorgeous and she hand quilted it. Her lines where so straight and each stitch was the same size. She said that it takes her about four months to complete a quilt because she does it at night when she has the time. I for one don’t think I have enough time or patience to hand quilt but I really am jealous of her ability to make such beautiful quilts.

Be Inspired,

Dena

Other Quilting Day Posts:

A Pattern

Picking out Fabric

Cutting Fabric

Piecing

Quilting Day: Piecing

Quilting DayHappy quilting day (Friday)! It has been a very busy week and I have been sewing and sewing and sewing.

SewingWell, it just seems like I have been sewing that much. First, I must admit that last weekend the hubs and I watched the grandson. I only got in a little sewing while he was napping. The rest of the time we were playing in a really big box and redecorating the house with all kinds of toys. And I loved every minute of it!

During the week, after work and supper, I sat down at the sewing machine and sewed. Sewing was very relaxing after my long days at work. I pieced together the rows with fat quarters and then the rows of sashing. Last night I was able to get a couple of rows sewn together.Quilt RowsSo, I did not meet my goal of having the quilt top complete, but I did make progress and that is good to me.Quilt RowsYou can see other Quilting Day posts here:

Be Inspired,

Dena

Quilting Day: Cutting Fabric

Happy Valentine’s Day!! It’s Friday so you know what that means, I’m quilting. But before I start cutting the fabric, I would like to say welcome to all the SITS Girls visiting today. I have enjoyed visiting everyone’s blogs. I have learned so much from each of you and you have given me inspiration.

Quilting DayEvery Friday I share my journey in making a quilt for my husband. This week, I finished cutting all the pieces for the quilt and next week I will start sewing.

I first cut out all the fat quarters. This was easy, I only had to cut out three pieces from each fat quarter.Cut Fat QuartersThen, I started cutting the sashing and the binding. Cutting strips of fabric that are 44 inches long makes me so nervous. I am scared that if I don’t have my fabric perfectly straight that I will have a strip of fabric that curves in the middle. Am I the only one that panics? I only bought enough fabric for the quilt so I have no room for error. But I did it. I think all my strips look straight but time will tell when I start to sew.Cutting StripsCome back next Friday when I hope to have my quilt top all pieced together.

You can see the pattern of my quilt HERE and the fabric that I picked out HERE.

Be Inspired,

Dena