Two and a half weeks ago I showed you my first ever FMQ tests. I was so inspired (or maybe a tad overly confident?) that I wanted to use my new skills to make my first charity quilt out of a orphan block of a paper pieced star.
Here is a picture from my post from the end of March
Between the end of March and this week I did work on it, but it was still unfinished. This charity quilt was on my I-would-like-to-finish-this-month-list and not the I-need-to-finish-list.
Yesterday I wrote about my new sewing machine, the Janome 7700, (YEEEEHHAAA!) and I how I wanted to work on the FMQ of a pillow…. but half way through I ran out of light gray thread, and the shop was already closed for the day. So what is a girl to do? Grab another Work In Progress (WIP), right? These are the pictures I took this morning, because finishing late at night, does mean very blurry and dark pictures 😉
I have learned a lot while working on this quilt. I am quite happy with the front, but the back is not my best work. There are a lot of puckers… I still need to get to know my new machine better to prevent this from happing again.
I said I liked the front, but there are still lessons to be learned, right? I think there is too much white thread on the front. When doing something similar in the future I will accent the radiating lines in a contrasting colour like I did here, and than do the “tear drops” and “lolli pops” in a colour than blends into the fabric more.( I was inspired by the Leah Day FMQ tutorials) I really like to binding with the thin white line. I found a great tutorial on how to do this. I found that the width of this binding strip ended up being 2 and 3/4 of an inch. It was a bit to big for a quilt with no real poof. Stitching through the front (yes!) meant ending up with visible lines in the backing fabric. I will change the width of the fabric next time. I also used a certain walking foot that resembled the one in the tutorial. I did not like what it did afterwards. I will give this type of binding another go, but with a different foot.
See all of the puckers? Not so pretty…
What I did notice also was this: I have worked on this quilt with two different sewing machines. On the right, of the picture underneath, you see the teardrops on the old Pfaff and on the left are the teardrops made with the Janome. I think the stitches on the new machine dissapear much more into the fleece. I like that!
I have washed the quilt and it seems to lie much flatter now. I think the fleece is a bit on the cheap side and the blue fabric on top did not help as it stretched too! I have pulled it carefully into shape.
SO , now I need to get myself into shape! Change out of my PJ’s and clean up this mess I made yesterday! Now, where is the vacuum cleaner?