Friday, March 28, 2014

endings

Sometimes endings are just as good as beginnings.

working in rows

Today I'm putting the finishing touches on this crazy quilt.  I opted for continuous eight free motion quilting, which I like to work in rows across the width of the quilt.  With only 10 or so inches exposed, I can maneuver with (relative) ease thanks to the generous harp space and adequate quilting table of my Juki TL 2010 machine. Still loving it!

my favorite part

And then comes my favorite part - trimming the quilt edges!  Somehow it always looks better now than it did as a quilt top.  More substantial, mostly, and nice straight edges.  To cut square corners I use my regular quilting ruler, matching horizontal ruler lines with the previous cut edge and also matching them with perpendicular seams in my piecing.

just add binding!

Ok, just add binding!  Finished quilt coming right up...

Happy week-endings, all!

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21 comments:

  1. Well that was super quick! How on earth do you do it while homeschooling and managing all your online activity? Can't wait to see it finished.

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  2. Isn't it amazing how all those scraps and odd blocks always look great when put together. Very speedy work. Have a great weekend.

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  3. Trimming the quilt edges is my favorite parts too! It makes me so happy to look at it when that's done.

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  4. I cant wait to see it. I wish I had the nerve to do that with my leftovers, lolol. Your are beautiful!

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  5. BOy do I know what you mean about "endings". I just had one today! Last two days I have been finishing a quilt I am giving as a wedding gift and everything that could go wrong has gone wrong with this quilt since I started it! I thought I was to set fire to it yesterday! But this morning, I got it out and squared it up and it looks nice (Including my mistakes!) and with the sides all nice and even I had the biggest sigh of relief EVER!... I am exhausted all day from the stress all week, but...ready to start on Monday back in my sewing room!

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  6. I absolutely Love this quilt! Can't wait to see it finished!

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  7. It's beautiful! I had a question. Do you have any tips on how to roll up your quilts when you are free motion quilting? I never seem to be able to get them to roll up well enough to feel like I can quilt well. In your photo, your quilt is rolled (like a carpet roll on each side) so you can quilt in the middle. Any advice?

    Thanks!

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    1. Hopefully I can help. I lay out the quilt on the floor and get on my hands and knees. Then I roll it from one side, with my hands making as tight a roll as possible. If the quilt is really large, sometimes I get help so that I can roll it evenly. And, yes, I do roll it from each side so that only the middle is open. Each time I quilt a new row, I adjust my rolls on my table top.

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  8. Lovely! I love crazy quilts. Every time I see one I just want to snuggle up in it. This one is no exception!

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  9. That's one of my favorite parts of quilting as well! This is a fun quilt, love the colors!

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  10. Beautiful quilts come from the the most unexpected combinations.

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  11. trimming after quilting is definitely my most favorite part too!

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  12. Hi! This is my kind of quilt! Like Anya, I'd be interested to know how you handle that volume of fabric. I know the theory about rolling it up but it never seems to be that easy in real life!

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  13. Can't wait to see this finished quilt that went together so quickly....

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  14. What is that large piece of black & white zig zags with bright neon flower balls? Love that fabric!

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    1. That is from Anna Maria's current collection, Dowry.

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