Sunday, November 15, 2009

It’s Done!!!

006                                                       I used white Signature machine quilting thread on the top (which made it hard to see where I had been and where I was going, and try not to cross lines with my meandering), and white Fil-Tec Magna-Glide Bobbins on the back. The magnetic bobbins have become my #1 best friend in machine quilting. I rarely have had any thread problems since I started using them, and the thread is very thin, so I get a lot of quilting out of one bobbin. I used maybe 1 bobbin and a half of a second one to do Louie’s quilt. Click on the photos to enlarge them.                      007                                       I used a light green sheet I bought from Goodwill for the backing.                      009 012 013                             There are two fabrics in the quilt that are so light, that you really can’t see them when I take photos. They make the quilt appear like the blocks have sashing, but they don’t.  That was NOT my intent, and I’m not crazy about it, but there’s nothing I can do about it now!                        018                               Those two fabrics are the two underneath the black and black and blue blocks in the following picture.019                                   In case anyone is interested in how compact my quilting frame is when it is all disassembled, this is it. The wooden pieces hang on bicycle hooks on the wall of the garage, and the poles also hang on bicycle hooks on the wall, so they take up virtually NO space whatsoever. It only takes about 30 minutes to set up the frame, and that includes the carriage, setting the machine on the frame, and plugging in the cruise control, and light I use. It only takes about 5 minutes to take it apart once the machine and everything is off of it. What takes the most time, is getting everything out, and putting it all away, and cleaning up the mess!022                                    Here is the binding, cut, sewn together and before I ironed it in half lengthwise. I used this pool ball fabric that Mrs. D bought for Louie a few years ago. It added some nice color to the outside, and brought  the pool ball fabric out in the quilt.                        023                                       I finally got smart after Louie recessed my Janome in a table, and set one table behind, and one along side my sewing table.  It sure helps with muscle strain from the quilt falling and me ‘pulling it back in’ and wrestling with it to get the binding sewn on.025 026                                  I’ve never used a seam guide before, and today, it’s my new second best friend. It worked wonderfully to sew the binding to the back, and then sew it down on the front. I know, I know, hand sewing down the binding is much nicer, but this was a big quilt, I wanted to get it done, and my wrists hurt when I try to hand sew something this big. My fingers also go to sleep.                  028                                    Here it is, in all it’s glory! It ended up being roughly 68” x 85”. A weird size, I know, but I really didn’t use a pattern, and I just grabbed fabric until I was happy, so by tripling my coin stacks, that determined the length, and I went from there.                030029  031                                    It always feels so good to finish a project. It seems I don’t get much quilting done anymore, but when I get on a roll, get out of my way!

 032

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great week!

Be blessed,                                                   Michelle 

Add_Bear_Essentials_Loving_Care_thumb

11 comments:

Kristie said...

Oh!!! I love it!! Louie will be so proud of it! That pool ball fabric is just perfect for Louie! You really work fast!

Your frame doesn't take up much room at all!
Kristie

Hazel said...

You've done a wonderful job , the quilting on it is lovely and the pool ball fabric ,what can I say Louie will love, You certainly are quick once you set your mind to something .

Suzan said...

Who is the frame manufacturer? I am getting closer to ordering one and I like how yours breaks down.

Valerie said...

I love the quilt!!! So now is this a longarm? You need to explain what this is to this beginner. I also love how you layed out your sewing area. I am going to study that one. When my daughter gets married in December I am actually gonna have a sewing room! I am so excited. I want to set it up so it will be neat because it is an open area but also I want it to be usable all the time and maybe I will get to sew more. Have I told you that I love my sewing machine???????

Amelia said...

I am like Kristie - the pool ball fabric just calls out to Louie...and the love you have sewn into it will keep him warm, confortable and happy.

You have had a busy weekend...hope it was not too much for work this week.

KyQuiltlady said...

I can't get that much done with my machine set up all the time. I put one on the frame this evening and got half of it quilted. You quilt, bind, and sleep under one in such short time.

Gina said...

It's gorgeous Michelle. I likethe way that light fabric makes it look like there is sashing. Louie look so pleased with his quilt.

Love and hugs Gina xxx

Libby said...

WOW! You are fast! It looks great! I'm sure it will be much loved during these cold months!

Carla said...

Stacked Coins quilts rule! I'm so inspired to make my own version after seeing yours, Kristie's, and others all over the Internet. I love the fresh look they can have, like yours. How handy your quilting frame is as well!

Kim said...

It's so pretty! I don't know how to sew, but I really love quilts!

Alice Grace said...

What a great job you have done on that quilt! I sure admire your work!

LinkWithin

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...