Monday, February 21, 2011

Weekend Sewing ~ Tiffany Quilt


For most of the weekend my sewing space looked just like this ~ although what you can't see is the fluff  and threads floating around on the floor which all goes to creating the largest dust bunnies ever seen!  Not much pre-planning goes into the quilting design and it does usually unfold on a "as I go" basis.  This is probably not as I would recommended but that's how it rolls here and so far without disappointment.


Straight line quilting cannot be rushed; it's time consuming and can be quite tedious.  Although there are times where I commit myself to finishing a certain set of lines/section and will sit and stitched for several hours, there are also times when I allot myself 15 minutes or 30 minutes of stitching and walk away from it for a while, returning when ready to do another short session of quilting.



I am pleased to tell you that the basting pins have all been removed.  It took four large bobbins of thread and I estimate about 7 hours of quilt wrangling to finish all that stitching.


So today the gloves are off!  (Just a quick word here about gloves ~ and I have written about them previously here ~ they are Ansell's HyFlex Multi-Purpose rubber palmed and finger tipped gloves. They make quilting much easier by providing the best non-slip grip and all the control you need to guide the quilt.  They are comfortable, cheap and readily available from your grocery store).   

Ready to trim back the batting and start auditioning some binding fabric. 

Enjoy creating your dust bunnies!
Rita

RELEVANT LINKS:
Tiffany Quilt and Quilt Pattern

15 comments:

  1. so funny that you talk about your dust bunnies...I have so much thread all over the floor as I type!

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  2. I had to laugh at your dust bunny reference too. I have so much thread and dust on my sewing room floor I could probably throw open the windows and get tumbleweeds . . . hummmm, not a bad idea, let it all roll into the corner and sweep it up. Kinda gross.

    Love the quilt. Your quilting is always so perfect.

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  3. My dust bunnies are turning into giant dust rabbits! I was just noticing them a little while ago! Can't wait to see your quilt

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  4. Hehehe Here we have Dust Bison! lol

    : )

    This patchy scrap quilt is so pretty. I like your 'working' photos.

    ~Monika in Canada

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  5. I love your choices of colour in the quilts, they are so gorgeous, and no planning would be fun! I have the same machine and notice the bobbin does run out quite more than i thought. We have a hairball dog plus threads !!

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  6. this quilt is so dreamy. lovely work :o)

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  7. I'm so so so in love with your quilt. I love the freshness of it. The gloves, I will have to give it a try, after my surgery I have sometimes problems with quilting, thank you so much for the explanation.

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  8. I've used the same exact gloves for some free-motion quilting and they're perfect!

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  9. It looks like a real beauty. I have to agree with everyone else about the dust bunnies. I guess it just goes with the territory. Even if you catch the ones you see, it's the one hiding out that are really scary!

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  10. I have to admit that I'm glad to hear you say that straight-line quilting takes a long time. I love the look, but get frustrated at the time it takes. So glad to know I'm not the only one. I've finally come to grips with the fact that I have to take a deep breath and just go slow. Oh, how hard...but oh, how pretty!

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  11. Love the quilt! Thanks for the great tip on the gloves, I find myself realllllly struggling without them, I might need to get a set.

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  12. I don't plan quilting either and I quilt in 15 minute blocks too. 15 minutes of housewok followed by 15 minutes of quilting as a reward. Love the quilt.

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  13. I love this quilt, do you use monofilament to quilt ?

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