Thursday, March 7, 2013

Quilting the Borders

Today I ran out of thread.  I hate when this happens, it kills my momentum!  Unfortunately the closest fabric/thread store is at least 25 minutes away, and it just isn't worth packing up the kids to make the trip for some thread.  Oh well, I'm still quite happy with my progress this week!

Loops on the pink border, feathers on the burgundy border.

When I bought the thread I thought I was only going to be using it on the burgundy border, but then ended up also using it across the triangles.  The last time I quilted feathers I quilted them towards me, due to the direction of the spiral.  This time I decided to quilt them so they would 'grow' away from me, if that makes any sense!  I think I like this way a little better, but after doing feathers across a king size quilt, I am comfortable with both directions.

The pink border loops.

 You can see in the pink border that the loops started out (on the bottom half of the photo) pretty wonky and crooked, but by the time I quilted all the way around, I had a good rhythm and method and they're a lot more even and straight (top half of the photo).  The print in the pink border helps mask most of the little mistakes, thankfully.

The back.
 You can see on this photo how the loops on the inner border had issues around the corners.  I wish I had sat down with a pen and paper to really figure out the best way to get around the corners...but when I got to the first one while quilting I just kept going!  I know it could look better, but considering this is for a 1 year old, I'm okay with the way it turned out.

My daugher's birthday is on Tuesday, and if I manage to get the binding fabric soon, I may just finish this quilt in time!

12 comments:

  1. The looply lou's in the pink fabric caught my eye right away. I really like them. Your feathers look great - you can really tell on the back - and I think your corners look great too. Very Nice Work.

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  3. Fantastic quilting! The feathers are so graceful! Just lovely.

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  4. Those feathers are just beautiful!

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  5. Beautiful feathers, I love quilting them! It creates so much texture and adds to the quilt, job well done!

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  6. Nice work! I like your border loops and your feathers are very nice

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  7. You did a great job on those feathers. I think that cute loopy design would be a great way to fill in a lot of sashing or borders very quickly. I'll have to try that one.

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  8. You are inspiring me to do more with my FMQ than just "the meander" - looks great!

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  9. Beautiful! I know exactly what you mean it's just not worth it when you have bring kids along! Just not fun! Thanks for visiting.

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  10. I know the momentum-killing feeling, I ran out of batting two months ago and have yet to make the long trek to get more!

    Your borders look really good, and the design on the front of the quilt totally hides the corner issues.

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  11. wow- I am so jealous of your beautiful quilting!

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