More Design On the Fly
After a few hand quilting marathons, this sweet quilt is done. It's another one of my "On the Fly" designs, but the center blocks are from Jen Kingwell's book, Quilt Lovely.
I grabbed this while my husband was sick so I had something to do at home, and it took about 2 weeks to quilt. It's the first large project I've used Perle Cotton to quilt, and I've had a real go of it. There was just something hinky with the problems I had, and no one else did. I've hesitated about confessing my Big Mistake, but you may enjoy it.
Top strand: #5 Perle Cotton
Bottom strand: #8 Perle Cotton
The #8 is finer, and this is the Perle Cotton most hand quilters use. Some will go finer. The #8 is usually sold in small balls.
The #5 is typically sold in a hank like embroidery or cross stitch floss. I wrote that I was using #8 when all along it was actually #5. Somewhere along the line I got these threads mixed up, and it was an enlightening experience when I found my mistake. Quilting with thicker thread is harder work, most definitely tough to thread the needle, and a real pain to bury the knot. Can you imagine? No wonder I was complaining.
I discovered my mistake while I had half the inner borders done, but I thought I should stick with it to keep everything uniform. I used a coffee cup as a circle template, and traced it with one of the General chalk marking pencils. HINT: It helps to look ahead to see what configuration or path you can take to avoid stopping and starting so often.
When I got to the outer borders with lots of seams, I switched to the real #8. These 3.5" curved hemostats cost $2 at a local antique mall. Even pulling #8 Perle Cotton got tough when my hands were tired, and they really did an excellent job of getting the needle through.
The binding is from my stash, and cut on the bias. I normally use a straight cut binding of 2.25", but the rounded corners dictated a bias cut. It was a cinch.
I hate the amount of time hand binding takes, and chose to machine sew this also. As a benefit, I know my stitching on the edges is very secure. We're zoomed in pretty close here, and it's not easy to tell.
I'm linking up with a brand new link party at Quilting Through Rose-colored Trifocals. Mary Huey has a dvd on chain piecing Y-seams which I've found very helpful, and opened her first linky this weekend. Pop in to check it out, and link up your Y-seam projects.
I have a laundry list of things to make today so no more dawdling with electronics. I hope you're squeezing in some creative time, too. If you're an Instagramer, tag me @pinkdoxies so I can see what you're doing, too.
Come on, Doxie girls.
Let's go sew.
Linking up with~
Lesson Learned Linky
Fort Worth Fabric Frenzy
My Quilt Infatuation
Blossom Heart Quilt
Love Laugh Quilt
Show and Tell with Bambi
Cooking Up Quilts
Bits n Bobs
Off the Wall Friday
A Quilted Passion
Sew She Can
TGIFF with Lisa in Port Hope
Fort Worth Fabric Frenzy
Confessions of a Fabric Addict