It’s not cheating …

I mentioned earlier this week my goals were fairly modest – to get 6 tops quilted while I was here in GA. For me, one of the keys for being successful at meeting my goals is to have them be fairly realistic. Another key is having some wiggle room! I was late getting started today and we’re meeting the kids for dinner and have an hour drive to the restaurant so I needed an quick top for quilting today. Luckily I had a little Strippie I could quilt using black thread (already on the machine) and I still had some smaller pieced batting from before the move from MN. It’s also a UFO and I need to finish 6 more before the year is out to meet the goal of finishing 12 UFO’s each year. 

A side benefit to quilting a Strippie was I could take the opportunity to quilt something different. Since I have such limited time here, I’m always in a hurry to get something loaded and quilted so I fall back on a pantograph or freehand designs I already know. I designed this little quilt years ago when I got my longarm so I could practice new quilting designs and still have something cute to donate when I was done. 

For the Strippies, I always pick three designs and then repeat them throughout the quilt. Today all 3 started with wavy lines. The first one was was from the book Step by Step Freemotion Quilting by Christina Cameli. She’s good at breaking down a design and showing you how to easily quilt it. This one is simple.  I also like that it comes in a Kindle version. I always used to buy physical books for quilting and knitting but I find it easier to buy a Kindle version and view it on my iPad these days because I always have access to it whether I’m here in GA, at home in FL, or even in VA visiting Mom if I want to show her something. 

I like to use the Adobe Ideas app to quickly practice a design before quilting it.  


The 2nd design was just a wavy line in the skinny blue strip and for the focus fabric, I decided to quilt a vine design. I hate backtracking – it either looks sloppy or too thready to me – so I like to quilt a wavy vine and then add my leaves on either side of it, echoing the line rather than backtracking along it. I also quickly drew this one out before starting too.  When drawing something like this that I’ve quilted before, I’m more concerned with just reminding myself about the quilting path rather than making it pretty. 


My black thread blended with the top but you can see the quilting clearly on the back side. If I was concerned about my ‘practice’ quilting showing, I would have chosen a backing where the thread blended in better.  


And because I was kind of in a hurry, of course I had to have a thread knotting/tension issue. Not sure what happened but luckily it straightened itself out and I only had to pick out a small section. I love these little snippers with the curved blade for slipping under the stitches when I have to rip something out.  


And that’s #5 quilted. Up tomorrow is a top of my Aunt’s.  


9 thoughts on “It’s not cheating …

  1. Nancy

    Since I’ve never actually quilted any of my own quilts, I enjoyed reading this post. Given some practice and patience, I think I could actually do some machine quilting.

  2. Elizabeh

    Good morning, Can you explain the Adobe ideas app? I went to my iPad and can’t find it in the app store. Also, how do you draw–with your finger, a stylus? I even went to adobe online and can’t find an app called Adobe ideas.

    I know you are busy, so answer when you can, no hurry!


  3. Carol

    I really like those snippers Molly. Could you let me know please were I could purchase them and the correct name so I may sleuth the net? I’m having problems with Arthritis and they look as though they would be more comfortable to cut threads with.
    Thanks in advance….

  4. Tanya

    Thanks for the tips! I never thought to buy quilting books on my kindle… I’ve already gone and checked out what’s available. And I downloaded the Adobe app though I don’t understand how to use it yet. Thank you again!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

What is 11 + 15 ?
Please leave these two fields as-is:
IMPORTANT! To be able to proceed, you need to solve the following simple math (so we know that you are a human) :-)