Monday, July 28, 2008


Saturday night I finished putting together the Between Friends Jr. backing. I got it all sewn together and was debating borders, but I didn't have enough of any one fabric to actually do the borders on both sides and binding the same way, so I finally left it and decided to come back to it.
After sleeping in a bit... I know this week will consist of a lot of LATE NIGHTS!, I started working on the borders of the YBR quilt. I abandoned my original plan in favor of this light purple fabric. The girls at my moms work had given me a gift certificate for my bridal shower and I spent it all on purple fabrics! This one I had more than 2 yards of to begin with, so it became the border on the front. Then I used scraps from the backing of another quilt I made as the borders on the BFJR quilt. I forgot to take a picture of it as I was anxious to get it on the frame.

I loaded the top and backing on the frame and ended up using a different batting than I had originally intended, because I didn't have enough. I bought out the Hancock's batting sale... 13 1/2 yards are now waiting to make their way into quilts on my frame! Here's the loaded quilt, notice the pins along the border where I matched it up with the back side border? So far things are going well with lining it up. I made the back borders an inch bigger than the front so I had something to pin to the leaders.

Here's the second pass on the quilting. My stitches are still a bit big. I really have to learn to slow down! I think I'm getting better with each row I do. After the first row my machine threw a hissy fit and didn't have tension, but restarting it and cleaning and it was good as new. So tonight I plan to finish the quilting on this one and get the binding on it. That has yet to be determined, but I do have a couple choices for it. I had really good luck with the King Tut and a size 14 quilting needle, not one break so far!


Connie said...

COOL MACHINE and frame!! And the purples on that quilt are so soothing and calming. Lookin' good!

Colleen formerly of South Africa said...

I have a bunch of navy scraps...that might be the right quilt for me to try. What kind of machine is that? I am looking at buying one.