Monday, May 18, 2009

Progress Report

Do you ever have days where you just were not meant to be sewing? You know, when the bobbin does not wind properly, you jam the sewing machine, you can't thread the needle, nor match the simplest of seams together? Well, Friday and Saturday were both those sort of days for me. I should have walked away, but you know when you have set your mind to something, you just persevere. The end result of those two sewing days was this quilt:


Despite my sewing issues it has turned into a pretty quilt. I don't do "pretty" very often, and although I like this quilt, I don't love it.

The quilt is made from 3 inch squares (finished size) and measures 48.5 inches square, in pink and green fabrics with a solid white alternating fabric. The solid white fabric used here is Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Solid in White.


I have basted this quilt ready for quilting. I even managed to cut the batting too small for this quilt, and now know how to join two pieces of batting using a zig zag stitch. I abutted the two pieces of batting together, without overlapping, and zigzagged across the join.


It was surprisingly easy to do, and if you use matching color thread, this seam is invisible in the quilt. The batting I used was Matilda's Own Cotton(40%)/Wool Blend(60%).

I am hoping today is a better sewing day as I have a lot of quilting to do, otherwise, I will be spending even more time bonding with my quick unpick!

22 comments:

  1. Pink and green and very pretty! I am also using the Kona white on these three quilts I am making right now (plus Swanky).

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  2. despite having some hard sewing days your quilt still looks awesome!!!! as always i love it!!

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  3. I hate thos kind of days. Being a beginner I have them often :) I really love the quilt. The border gives it a different look. Great job!

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  4. Well, I for one, love this quilt! Pink and green are a perfect combination! So sweet!

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  5. i totally understand those days...sometimes i know it is better for me to walk away than to keep trying. your end result is very pretty

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  6. You had to say something! I read this post, then went up to finish putting together a quilt top, and I hate it. Seams are way off, but even if they weren't I think I'd hate it. Sigh.

    The pink and green turned out nicely. I'm really digging solid white in lots of quilts these days.

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  7. Those days can be so frustrating...it's nice when it looks good in the end though :)

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  8. I love, love, love that quilt! Great tip on the batting, thanks!

    I had one of those days the other day too. It was so bad I thought I was going to have to send in my machine to be serviced... A good cleaning helped immensely though! : )

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  9. I don't think it's possible for you to make a quilt that isn't gorgeous! Love it! Here's to a less frustrating Monday!

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  10. Glad that you stuck with it because I love your "pretty" quilt!

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  11. It's a watermelon quilt!

    That was my week on the machine. I was trying to knock some coasters off but the tension kept getting worse and worse until I threw my hands up. Hopefully the new week will be better for both of us.

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  12. I also have those days... It's good to know I'm not the only one.
    The quilt is very nice

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  13. Glad to say that this quilt looks great even though you had " issues " .
    I am a sucker for pretty , hope the quilting goes well .
    I am having big "issues" with my stippling tension ....aaagghhh

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  14. I hate those days and have them often but my results never turn out as good as this. Good luck with your quilting.

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  15. I have those days (too often, I'm afraid) where it seems I'm ripping out as many seams as I am sewing! In spite of your troubles your quilt turned out so nicely - pink and green is one of my favorite combinations.

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  16. I know what those days feel like. Your quilt top turned out lovely though.

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  17. It's just wonderful!!!Minnie France
    achaquejour.blogspot.com

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  18. That is a pretty quilt. Very simple, but very effective.

    Good tip on the batting too...It's how I join all my scraps of batting.

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  19. You are so Inspiring with your use of White in Quilts..I have only recently done a quilt with White & I Love it...this Quilt is Lovely...the simpliest design can be so Effective...Thanks for Sharing your Dilemas..it shows we all have those Days.!!
    cheers

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  20. i just recently tried joining batting using the zig zag stitch and i was surprised at how easy it was to do.

    i love your quilt, but then again, i have a thing for pink and green, so no surprise there!

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  21. I know the days you are talking about! Thanks for showing how to join batting. Have been searching to see if joining by zig zag actually works. I have 2 pieces of the matilda's and I am planning to join them together.

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