Sharing my process

You guys know I’m not much for fancy quilting and prefer quilting scrap quilts with an overall freehand pattern or a pantograph but every now and then I have to move out of my comfort zone.

I do very little ruler work so I’m pleasantly surprised that my straight line quilting isn’t too bad on the Irish Chain that Mom made for me.

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I’m having good luck with this Dainty Ditcher that my sister Deb recommended to me a while back.

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I’m quilting informal wreaths and just marking my center with a temporary pen. I don’t stitch that line I just try to quilt my feathers around it inside and out. I haven’t done these for a long time and I have to admit I don’t want anyone looking too closely at several of them.

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It’s funny but I worried about quilting this for so many years and now that I’m actually doing it all the mistakes don’t bother me. I’d be really upset of it was on someone else’s quilt but on mine, I’m content knowing I’m stretching myself a little and the mistakes are a part of the learning process. Another good reason not to quilt for others!

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13 Responses to “Sharing my process”

  • Shari in AZ:

    I understand that reason!! I do very lttle work for others and like you it’s freehand or panto. I do more ruler work than I’d like to, but there are times when it is needed. I love the quilt.

  • It looks great to me. I think I wouldn’t enjoy the process as much if I had to do it for WORK. It’s going to be a beauty of a quilt, so sticking in the red and white.

  • Ann:

    Good for you to break out of the comfort zone. It can be such a hard thing. It looks great. I love two color quilts. Have a great day.

  • The quilting looks beautiful, it adds so much to the quilt. Such a classic look. As hard as it is to break out of our comfort zones, it is the only way to expand our horizons.

  • I think it looks great and you are going to be thrilled with it when it’s done!

  • Deb Praus:

    We are always harder on ourselves…other people looking at it don’t see what we do. It looks wonderful and so glad you will get it finished and be able to enjoy it!

  • It looks great and will be even more beautiful once it’s off the frame and washed. I feel exactly the same as you do. That’s why I am sticking with a domestic machine/table surround system for my quilting. That and the fact that a longarm might not fit in with the looms, spinning wheels, embroidery machine and various sewing machines :-)

    Happy New Year!!

  • Cindy Kuipers:

    I think it is beautiful! I am quilting a quilt similar to this – same colors, too! – for a friend. I am doing it by hand because I want the straight lines to be straight – something I cannot do on my short arm.

  • Looks great from over here! Way to go with almost another finish in 2011~

  • Laurie:

    Mary, I think it looks FABULOUS!!! I love making wreaths but like you, haven’t done it in ages. I’m more of an “all-over, get it done quickly and make it look good” longarmer! LOL…I can hardly wait to see it finished!

  • Beverley:

    That quilt looks absolutely fabulous.

  • Amen! That’s why I don’t feel too bad about many of my many mistakes. When I make a quilt for someone else and give it to them I expect them to see the love and not the mistakes. Your quilting looks perfect to me.

  • I feel the same way when I do any custom quilting, but what I’ve found is that after I’m done, and it is used, washed, dried – normally I don’t notice the mistakes, and everyone else thinks they are great! Can’t wait to see your Irish Chain when it is done. I love that pattern!

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