Thursday, March 21, 2013

Free Motion Friday - Mar 22, 2013

Yeah!  The quilt, "Bittersweet" is all quilted.  She still needs binding, but the hard part is all done.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I quilted the circle with feathers in the "X" blocks.  Then I quilted in the ditch around all the squares in the 16-patch blocks.   The final quilting in the border is a simple echoed feather design.  When I worked on the boarder I did not make the stem first and regretted it later.  In future, I plan to create the stem and then add the feathers.

I tried to keep track of the time it took me to quilt this project.  The final tally was 15.75 hours.  I did a lot of starting and stopping as well as twisting and turning of the fabric to get it into place so I could stitch.

Oh how I would love to have a machine with a larger arm.  On a recent trip to the sewing machine store I drooled over all the great machines on display.  I could get a bigger machine if I really wanted one, but I don't know where I'd set it up.  I love the cabinet I bought when I got my Ellure (which is what I use to do my machine quilting).  So, for the time being, I'll make due with what I have.  Perhaps I'll reduce the size of my future projects so that they are more manageable.

Thanks for stopping by.  Happy Quilting!


  1. Lovely work! Congrats on getting it quilted.

  2. You did a great job on the feathers! WTG on finishing the quilting.

  3. Hello Diane,

    Such a pretty quilt, and wonderful quilting.

    Love from England,

  4. Beautiful feathers! I keep working on mine. BTW, I understand wishing for a machine with a longer arm. I was at a quilt shop and was able to try the Tiara sit down long arm from Baby lock and now I dream of it every night!

  5. Looks great. I really like how you quilted those X blocks. Nice job!


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