Thursday, June 2, 2011
Shop Hop Quilt Finished
I used 2 different brands of multi-color thread for the quilting: Guterman for the purple & blue, Wonder-fil for the pink and green. I like them equally well. Only thread issues I had was some breakage with the Aurofill that I was using to join the blocks. I wonder if it's b/c my thread feeds vertical to the machine instead of horizontal like most new machines.
I did some free-motion machine quilting on some of the blocks. This is the first ever that I've done on my machine. I'm intrigued that fill patterns that I love to do on a long-arm, were really hard for me on my machine and vice-versa. (A glass of Merlot did improve the roundness of my loops. )
I have mixed feelings about this approach. I managed to slice into the background piece of one of the blocks and had to do a clever save. It was also difficult to keep the stitching line close to the batting. But it is faster than the technique I usually use, which involves machine stitching the fronts together and hand stitching the back.
In the end, this is not my favorite quilt ever, but I did get to try some new techniques, and most importantly...it's off the "WIP" list and onto the "Finished Projects"!!!!