Tuesday, July 07, 2009

The Binding is On.







The binding is on - now that sounds like I'm finished, but I'm not. I have quilted the braided borders, so the edge was done. The cream batting was getting all OVER the black fabric I was trying to quilt. Little bits were getting stuck under the stitches, so I put the binding on and hand stitched it down. So that solved the problem...and it lies flat! Yippee!
The sections around the amphora pots are going to be hand stitched ( intended to show ) using variegated thread or embroidery cotton. It makes quite a contrast with the close machine quilted section next to it.
The large black areas are the biggest challenge. I am diagonally running across it an inch apart. To start with I was using the machine guide ( but you have to go all one way with that! )So now have changed to marking every b..... row first ( R suggested I should measure everyone too instead of eye balling it - gee thanks ) so now I spread it on the floor mark about 4 rows get up and sew. ( if I do any more at once it rubs off ) Callisthenic quilting.
My self taught lesson from yesterday was this. It works fine to count 12 stitches then turn, 12 stitches then turn etc IF you are starting from a straight edge. BUT if you are starting from a curved or sloping line IT doesn't ( I forgot about the angle involved ! ) So I have 5 short rows to reverse stitch! I know it will bug me if I leave it.
Otherwise everything Quilty here is fine and dandy progress is okay I think I'll meet my deadline ( providing there is not too much reverse sewing ! )
Thank you for your helpful comments and suggestions.

7 comments:

Tracey Petersen said...

Oh no to all that marking! Can you find a low tack masking tape in the right width? You could just match one edge with the first row of stitching then stitch along the other edge.

Jennifer said...

I have also used masking tape as a marking tool and sewn along the edge, it beats marking all those lines.

Molly said...

I use blue tape [I think it's painters' tape] that isn't too sticky and works like a charm....Can't wait to see the entire finished quilt!

loulee said...

I'm like you, up and down, up and down! I keep telling myself the exercise is good! I'm itching to see this one all finished and spread out, I know from the tasters you've given that it will be bright and beautiful.

meggie said...

It does looks so good!! I think the tape sounds like a good idea. Have not tried it myself though- yet!

julieQ said...

Oh how lovely! But more work to do? It is just turning out so well!

Guðrún said...

This is a lot of work.