Monday, September 16, 2013

a finished Whisper

Well look at that - a brand new week!  I hope you had a lovely weekend and feel ready to start fresh today!  Yesterday our family had a glorious adventure on the river, thanks to some friends who lent us a canoe.  So much nature and giggling and sunshine - it was pretty idealistic except for that part where our frantic up-stream paddling brought the canoe so close to the river's edge that a branch knocked Brandon right into the water.  Oops...

Whisper, quilted

Never mind that.. hey, I have a finish!  The little bits of sewing snatched here and there are all that was needed to finish this 27" x 30" baby quilt.  I dogwood quilted inside each 3" patchwork square, and was pleasantly surprised to find my Juki does NOT need servicing.

Whisper patchwork

Remember all the skipped stitches that almost did me in when trying to free motion quilt Lolly Lolly?  Well, this time I used a new thread, oiled the machine and was not quilting over fusible web.  (I think it was the fusible web that was throwing off my machine before.  I've heard that from others who made the same style quilt.)  Whatever made the difference, I'll take it.  Yay for pleasurable quilting!

Whisper pieced backing

So, here's the back.  I'm pretty jazzed with how it came together, because those trip around the world blocks were actually how I started this project.  The 2" patchwork felt too small for my tastes with these fabrics, but looks nice floating in a sea of white and Florence Four Dot.

Dogwood Quilting

That block hiccup is what pushed me to make this project work, actually.  I felt like moving on when the trip around the world blocks didn't turn out like I'd hoped, but I felt compelled to make a quilt front to go with them.  Block abandonment is a slippery slope.

(And I already have some of those in need of rescue at the moment.  Shhhhhhh....)

zigzag binding!

Bound in Herringbone by Joel Dewberry, with my zigzag machine binding as always.  It's the only way I bind.

 Whisper baby quilt

I've set up this wee baby quilt for sale in my Etsy shop, because you never know - maybe it will find a home.  This weekend I gave away two quilts, which makes me feel much better overall.  I wish it was so simple as giving away all my quilts, or selling all my quilts or donating all my quilts to charity.  So far, I don't have a rule of thumb and I really don't know how I decide.  Occasionally that leads to confusion and angst.  Maybe someday I'll have a system!

20 comments:

  1. Love your comment about block abandonment. What about partial quilt abandonment?:) Beautiful work on your quilt. The fabrics are perfect.

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  2. The quilt is gorgeous. You know, I think I like the back the best.

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    1. So do I! The front is lovely, but I also really like the back.

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  3. My comment has nothing do to with this quilt (gorgeous - as usual) but give me a heads up if you ever sell the Lolly Lolly quilt k ?

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  4. I love that it is floating on the background. Offsetting the trip around the world block (I am still yet to jump on that band wagon - I thought it might be a good way to use up some of my jelly rolls!) makes all the difference - this quilt is a little stunner!

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  5. I just had a look at your zig zag binding method. I'm going to try it! I've not been a fan of the machine binding method (though, I must say I haven't tried that one either!) - it seems like it has too much potential to end up stitching that is not parallel to the edge of the binding all the way around. But zig zagging, well, I wish I'd thought of it ages ago. I could have saved hours and hours of my time! I have the perfect quilt top - 5" random squares pieced together to practice my FMQ. It will now be used to practice your zig zag binding too!

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  6. that zig zag binding method is fabulous! I have always used the first half (stitching on the binding) but then folded over and sewn it down by hand - so time consuming - zig zagging here I come! On an odd note - is it rude to ask what FONT you use on your photos? Like in the zig zag tutorial? I produce song and prayer sheets for the Women's Group I facilitate once a month, and am looking out for ways to make them attractive. Not to worry if it's a secret! thanks for a really entertaining and instructive blog - all the way from Johannesburg!

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    1. Yes, zig zag binding is so much faster and so much more forgiving that straight stitch machine binding. I hope you like it when you get to try it =). About the font, you are a "no reply" blogger so I could not email you back. Contact me via the lime green "Contact" button in my sidebar please.

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    2. In response to your--what to do with your quilts--it seems you have three choices--keep, charity, gift--why not just consider a three-way split. Over a year or biannually.
      I have a hard time to let go of quilts and tend to gift other handmade items to which I'm not so attached. When it comes to charity--I give away fabric but most often help with a cash donation--always anonymous. The quilt you show here is lovely--I don't think you've ever posted one that I didn't like. They are a pleasure to see on your blog.

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  7. Love how this wee quilt turned out ~ especially the back ~ love how the block is floating. This has given me some inspiration to work on the scrappy quilt I started!

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  8. I think it is so pretty! The back is just as nice as the front. Thanks for the info about zigzag binding. I will have to try that.

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  9. The back looks so interesting! I would say that this is front:)

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  10. This is really pretty Rachel.

    I was having issues FMQing on my Juki (skipped stitches, broken threads) so maybe I just need to give it another try.

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  11. It is so pretty and I really like what you did with the block. I will definitely keep that idea in mind if I ever have a block or more that I'm not crazy about.

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  12. Well done! I like the dogwood quilting on squares! A lot of people over here use those pastell colours for the nursery over here, so why would the quilt not sell? I think it looks great (although I'm mostly into bold colours). I'm glad you went on and finished it and now are able to sell it. Great.

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  13. This is beautiful! You have a talented eye for choosing colors! My goal today is to pick out a similar palette only for a baby boy quilt. (Our 1st grandson) I'm so happy to have stumbled upon your site. You've given me new inspiration!

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