For better or worse, it’s done

I don’t feel confident in my ability to quilt into this applique with either a continuous line of quilting or without having unsightly starts and stops so I’m going to use buttons in the flowers and if I feel it needs more, I’ll hand embroider just enough detail to *tack* it down.

I need to keep reminding myself when I’m doing something like this that quilting is my hobby and my quilting ability is what it is …. I don’t represent my quilting as being professional and I don’t charge people for the quilting I do. I’m sure Maureen will be fine with the results.



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26 Responses to “For better or worse, it’s done”

  • Michelle:

    Mary, it’s really pretty. Please don’t underestimate your talents. Remember we are our own worst critics, and really, we don’t need that!! Not only will she love it, you should be proud of it too!

    Great Job!!

  • Suzy:

    It looks beautiful! It’s amazing how you brought that top to life with the quilting. She’ll be very happy with the results. :o)

  • Vicki W:

    I think it looks great!

  • Nancy:

    It’s lovely: the quilting complements the design.

  • BrendaS:

    I admire what you do. I still haven’t mastered machine quilting at all, and my early results are truly cringe-worthy. from my perspective, you’re doing more than great.

  • Deb:

    It’s beautiful, and Marureen will love it. You are way too hard on yourself…your skills are good, give yourself credit.

  • JuJu:

    Mary, your ability to quilt is amazing, don’t be hard yourself. You do a marvelous job, I admire all you do and accomplish. I’ve had an enjoyable week learning with my HQ Sixteen, I come here everyday just to see what you have done! Your work inspires me to do better…

  • JuJu:

    Mary, your ability to quilt is amazing, don’t be hard yourself. You do a marvelous job, I admire all you do and accomplish. I’ve had an enjoyable week learning with my HQ Sixteen, I come here everyday just to see what you have done! Your work inspires me to do better…

  • paula, the quilter:

    It’s lovely. I just read somewhere that it is a good idea to quilt inside the applique too because if you don’t, the applique will be higher than the rest of the quilt and will wear faster. Made sense to me for a bedside quilt, anyway.

  • marilyn:

    If I had 1/10th of your talent, I would be so happy! One day, after much practice, I hope to get as good as you. I would love to have a quilt quilted by you any day of the week. I’m just happy with my simple meanders all over the quilt.

  • Anonymous:

    I think you did a great job on quilting that. It’s just beautiful and she will be very happy with it. Diane in Alaska

  • gquilts:

    Mary I wish you wouldn’t short change yourself .. your quilting is gorgeous .. I just love it! and i don’t want to hear that it looks great from the back of a galloping horse either ..

    You do AWESOME work!! I’d let you quilt for me anyday ;P~~~~

    hugs
    grace

  • Julia:

    I think that a button with some hand work in the applique will really bring the applique to life. That is how I would finish it too, if I were doing this one. I love the little designs that you did in the white areas. Beautiful work!

  • Jo Ann:

    Lovely quilting, Mary!

  • Anonymous:

    Looks OK in the photo!
    Cheers J

  • bettsy:

    I’ve just realised I have made this pattern and it is a UFO waiting for quilting. Mine is in different colours – beiges and pinks. So your discussion and photos have made me realise that I need to finish it. So now you have inspired me to try and do something with it. That has be to a positive…

  • Sheila in Ohio:

    Methinks you agonize too much! The quilting is really lovely.

  • Jackie Russell:

    Love the quilting!

  • swooze:

    I think it turned out very pretty. Your idea of buttons in the flowers is a good one!

  • Anonymous:

    Mary,
    Quit selling yourself short. You do an amazing job quilting! I love to see all of your new creations as well as what you do for others. I have to admire your mom though. She is a regular piecing machine! Love your blog and seeing all the photos on all your current and past projects. Keep up the great work. Barks to Chesty!
    Jennifer – Fort Worth, TX
    purpleheartorijennals@yahoo.com

  • Exuberant Color:

    why don’t you do the quilting on the flowers with your regular home sewing machine after you are done with the long arm part?

  • Linda:

    Beautiful fill techniques. And the buttons will really add just the right finishing touch.
    Love it!!

  • The Calico Quilter:

    You have no reason to feel unconfident about your quilting, it’s absolutely lovely! And the applique is adorable. I’m sure your recipient will be thrilled.

  • Helen in the UK:

    Oh Mary, your really are a harsh critic of your own work! It looks wonderful and I think the buttons will be the perfect finishing touch :)

  • Tanya:

    Your quilting is so lovely! You definitely could be professional!

  • artmomma:

    I am brand new at free-motion quilting and started it entirely due to inspiring pictures like your swirls and leaf designs. Very nice!

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