Monday, 7 July 2014

Ideas that make quilting a dream

It’s been a good few days (or more) since I’ve blogged, basically because I’ve been head down, backside up working away at this VERY overdue quilt…….who would have guessed the quilting would take longer than the actually process of putting the quilt together?

This time, I tried spray basting the layers in the sandwich together   lightly before pinning (as was suggested in one of the Craftsy videos) and it’s made a real difference…much easier to quilt as the layers don’t shift.

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So I’m nearly there’…. I’ve finished crosshatching each of the coloured blocks and quilting each of the 41 large beige blocks….

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and each of the 41 small beige blocks…

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and I’ve even got one of the three borders done too….

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and seeing as it’s a 10 inch border, I’ve mirror-imaged the quilting design….more hearts and squiggles (well, it is a wedding quilt!!)

After watching quite a few of my Craftsy online quilt lessons, I saw a great idea for FMQ so I thought I’d try it…..and it worked a treat!  Picked up some of this non-slip matting for $1 at the local ‘cheap’ shop and cut two squares out and voila…instant grip for quilting…..so much easier than gloves!

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made it a dream to quilt….so much easier.

That and my frixion pen for marking my design……makes quilting a treat…..not as stressful as it used to be!  I know that some people hate them, but in our tropical weather, we don’t have the problem of the markings returning in extreme cold (unless we stick the quilts in the freezer) so once they’ve gone, they’ve gone!

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Well, the recipients are back from their honeymoon but it will be a week or so before they get their gift…..I’m close but not close enough, as hubby and I are going on a road trip tomorrow  for a few days….we’re off to Mt Isa.   We’ll be visiting all the fossil sites and stopping off at the little antique shops along the way, just to see another part of the beautiful world around us.   I’ll aim to post some quick blogposts of our travels along the way.  In the meantime, I have to pack…it’s an early start tomorrow so I’d better get a wriggle on.

Sugary hugs xox  :o)

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