Sunday, August 9, 2015

Slow Stitching Sunday

It's been a while since I have done any slow stitching! This summer has been filled with a lot of machine piecing and even some machine quilting.  This week I finished up the machine quilting on Country Road.  My first attempt at spiral quilting.  I must say it was very enjoyable!!!!  Country Road is a lap quilt that only measures 58X68 so it was managable for me under the throat plate of my domestic machine.  I loved that you could just keep stitching until the bobbin runs out! When I machine quilt I always bring the bobbin thread to the top and later knot it off and bury the thread into the quilt very much like when I hand quilt. My machine has a locking stitch but I really don't like the look of that slew of tiny stitches. So fewer starts and stops is a plus in my book.  Starting in the center is a bit intense, but soon you are on your way.










So I am pleased today that I can put in a few more slow stitches as I finish stitching the scrappy binding down.  I am very pleased with this scrap buster quilt.  Even the back was pieced together from scraps!  So when it came to the binding it was worth the extra effort to use scraps to make the binding.  This quilt was started to use up some scraps and I thought it would be a quick project, but as usual I let the quilt dictate what it needs.  Then it is just a pure joy to work on and the time it takes to finish it doesn't matter anymore.  I will be linking up with Slow Stitching Sunday to see what others are stitching today as I put in the final binding stitches!

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  1. Enjoy! :) I really liked what you showed last week with the concentric quilting :)

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    1. Very doable Deb! So glad I gave machine quilting another go!

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  2. Wow Carla! Love your spiral stitching... and your binding looks great... nice quilt! Kathi

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    1. Thanks Kathi! Making scrappy binding is a lot more work, but I think on this one it really finishes it off nicely!

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  3. Yay for a finish! It turned out very well!

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  4. a good use of scraps for sure! I have not tried the concentric quilting

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    1. This is a fun pattern to sew! Would love to do it again sometime. Yes so glad to get some of these old fabrics out of the closet and into a useable quilt!

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  5. I did spiral quilting on one of my quilts. It was fun but I was surprised at how much thread it used up. I went through several bobbins of thread. I love your scrappy quilt. Lots of memories in scrappy quilts!

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    1. I agree it does use a lot of thread and I was a bit worried that I would have a stiff cardboard quilt but it washed up nicely! But I have used just as much thread in a hand quilted quilt it just took longer! LOL

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  6. That scrappy quilt is very pretty. I really like your quilting. I have yet to figure out how to quilt comfortably on my domestic machine.

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    1. I have found walking foot quilting works quite well as long as the quilt isn't too large! I admire those that can FMQ on a domestic machine. But this will method will be great to use on baby and lap quilts.

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  7. Pure joy to look at too! What a wonderful way to use up scraps. I bury the knots the same as you when I quilt on the DSM unless I'm quilting a donation quilt.

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    1. As my mom used to say if your going to do something do it right! I think taking the extra time to bury them by hand is well worth it. No use in hurrying thru to get something you are not happy with.

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  8. Wow. Love how your spiral quilting added such nice texture to the quilt. Enjoy that binding.

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    1. I agree the texture is wonderful and the curves soften all those grids! Thanks Deb!

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  9. Isn't circular quilting awesome? Just so much fun to do.

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    1. Yes it is Donna! I love that you can just keep stitching all that starting and stopping is where I make my bloppers!

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  10. Love your spiral and the fact that you did it on the home machine!

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  11. Love this quilt and that fact that you machine quilted it on your home machine. It must have been a lot of work maneuvering that quilt in circles. Beautiful work. Love the scrappy binding as well. You sure accomplish a LOT!

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  12. A fabulous scrap quilt! I love a scrappy binding :)

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