Friday, November 27, 2009

Quilting Complete…

Some of my blog friends have been curious, and have asked some questions about my quilting frame, sewing machine, and my machine quilting. I thought since I had all these pictures, I would just show my machine and frame, and the process.  This shows the quilt layers loaded on the frame and ready for it’s first pass.  Click on the pictures to make them bigger.                        Friday 001                                        For my own sake, because it is easy to lose track of time, and how long it takes to quilt a quilt, I took a picture of what time I started to quilt.                Friday 002                                        At this point, I think I had only made one or two passes.                    Friday 003                                                       I used white Signature 100% mercerized cotton thread on the top, and white Fil-Tec magna-glide pre-wound bobbins for the backing. Have I told you how much I LOVE the magna-glide bobbins? Yeah, I think I have.  I had a couple of thread breaks from the bobbin, but that was right after I put a new bobbin in, and I discovered that I had somehow got the thread wrapped around the post in the bobbin case carrier. As soon as I fixed that, no more problems.                     Friday 008                                        I stopped for something, and while I was at it, I took a picture of the rear of the machine. Friday 010                       I ‘steer’ from the front side.  Can you see the black handlebars in front of the machine?  I use a Quilter’s Cruise Control stitch regulator, so I don’t have to worry about a foot control, or handlebar grips to compress the foot control.                Friday 011 Friday 012                                        Here, I am stippling the last pass on Louie’s quilt.                                    Friday 013 Friday 014                                        Louie got home just in time to watch me stipple the last row, and then he watched me cut the quilt off of the frame. I LOVE it when I release the tension on the rollers, and you can see the result of your quilting, and the dimension of the quilt. I just get so excited!  The time was about 5:30 when I cut the quilt off the quilter, so it took me about 2 hours to quilt his quilt.      Friday 016                                                       For a long time, I quilted using loop-de-loops, but the last two quilts, I have done free handed stippling.  Since this quilt was for my sweetie, I just HAD to sew several hearts randomly as I stippled away, and I just HAD to stitch his name on the quilt. Can you see the little heart where the dot for the i is supposed to be? Friday 017 Friday 018                                    LOVE that texture!Friday 020 Friday 021                                       This is how I left the basement. It needs cleaned up, the frame torn down, everything put away, then I need to decide which fabric I will use for the binding, cut it, and get it all ready to sew to the quilt. Not sure if I’ll sew it down by hand or machine. Probably machine….Not sure I’ll do it tonight, but I might get the basement cleaned up……….                        Friday 022                                               I’m going to go find some leftovers for supper. Hope your evening is fun and relaxing. Have a great weekend, and I’ll be back with the finished quilt to show you when it is done.

Be blessed,

Michelle

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7 comments:

Valerie said...

Wow! This is great. I loved seeing it all. I want one of these so bad.....one day! I need to learn more and sew more first but I love it! So could you actually leave it set up all the time if you wanted to?

Amelia said...

Thanks for the tour and the explanations of your machine...looks like fun...love the way you added your sweet honey's name to the quilt.

jillquilts said...

Looks great!! I see that you got me on your blog list now. I'm glad that you were able to get that to work! :)

Gina said...

Love that quilt and the quilting. What a wonderful idea to quilt Louie's name in it

Love and hugs GIna xxx

KyQuiltlady said...

That's a very pretty quilt! I love the seeing the back of the quilt. I wash mine as soon as the binding goes on. Do you?

Kristie said...

hmmmm...I just tried to comment and it did not work, or at least I don't think it did. :) I love how the quilt has turned out. I'm sure that Louie loves it too. It is nice to see the quilting process. I love how you wrote his name in the quilt. Hope you are having a great weekend.
Kristie

Sue said...

Beautiful quilt, Michelle. Thanks for the "tour"! I have some fabric like some in your quilt!

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