I’ve been quilting

Last count (I made a list) I have 22 quilts on the go.

Over the years, I have completed three quilts.

I fall down at the actual quilting part. I *love* picking out fabric. I *love* sewing the tops together. I fight & struggle and OW and moan about the sewing together of the layers. Hand sewing takes so long. I’ve been working on a hand-quilted twin sized quilt for Sarah since she was about 6 years old.

machine quilting? My machine hates me. My other machine? Well, it had feed issue. As in, when you release the feed & drop the feed dogs, it still feeds. (Yeah, I know.) I am surely kicking myself now.

So with a looming pile of quilt tops, and the fabric re-sorted into piles, half of which are uncut, things were urgent. Emma says I shouldn’t cut out any more quilts until I actually, you know, quilt. There are four completely finished tops waiting. There are six quilts tops in progress. The rest are piles of carefully stacked fabrics no one is allowed to touch.

Except for one.

One I am actually machine quilting.

I had started trying to machine quilt it with what I had, then wound up unpicking it all.


Yes, my family thinks I am nuts. I’ve basted and re-basted this puppy, trying to find what works best for me.

properly thread basted

I finally broke down, bit the bullet, scrounged up the thirty whole dollars for something for myself, and bought a walking foot for my machine. (The one that hates me, but it may fit on my other one too)

walking foot

My friend Jo said “omg, you didn’t already have one?! “ I KNOW!

I sent my mom an all caps email & told her I was in love. I’m sure she’s deliberating which ones of her tops she can convince me to quilt for her.

Last night, I did a substantial amount of some heavy quilting on this particular quilt with my brand new walking foot. I took small breaks, put Emma to bed and kept going till I was too tired and made a boo-boo I really had to pick out. It was only one straight line.

This was earlier in the evening. The blue areas are all done now.
machine quilting

This morning my arms ache. But it’s a good ache, you know?


A word on the planned quilts: Like many sewers I have piles of fabric. My mom & I share fabric back & forth, plus I scour second hand stores & yard sales, as well as fabric shops, for any piece that “speaks” to me. This means I have a stash of fabric that needs its own room. If you knit, just replace “fabric” with “yarn” and you’ll relate.

So, since I have also been on a cleaning tear lately and ready to chuck out half our belongings, on one of my much-needed mental breaks from work things, I played around with my fabric, got inspired, and groups things together in nice stacks for future quilts. I’m using what I have here, even for the backings. Some in the stash have people’s names attached to them too.

piecing the back

The only thing I really need now is quilt batting.

Also, I’ve been sketching some designs too, because I said at the first of the year I should do more art.

red & yellow disappearing 9 patch

It’s a nice break from work, and some days sorely needed. This is how I recharge, and I need to make sure I do it.

woohoo! go Andrea!
I get that ache with Jade’s sewing machine, not with mine. I think it’s because my feed dogs don’t drop, but they don’t actually feed, so maybe they just help hold the weight of the quilt. Whatever. I know that with fiddling around with stuff, and putting my machine on a different part of the table (the right hand end instead of the left) I didn’t get such achy arms and shoulders any more 🙂
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Yeah, I fiddled some more and it was easier this time.

Very pretty!
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that looks great. I’ve had a walking foot for ages but I haven’t done much machine quilting. Looking at you go, I am inspired to machine quilt that top I just made.

Went to local quilter’s guild show on Saturday. Came home with only 2 charm packs (brights & batiks). But much inspiration. And F. got inspired, too and is playing with fabric and sewing machine making patches.
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Oh, I should check the quilt guild here.

I know what you mean about leaving with only a small amount. I get so overwhelmed I can barely pick. (Did you take pictures?)

Oh, a blog post! Yeah! And a walking foot! Double yeah!

I was so excited when I got mine. I was making a baby quilt for a friend, so I used the excuse that I really needed it to be able to finish the gift. It made the task SO much easier. I have only used it for a few projects, but I bet my kids will enjoy using it, too. 🙂

Can’t wait to see what else you create. The reds and yellows are gorgeous!
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Now that I have the hang of machine quilting, I expect to actually *finish* a LOT of quilts this year.

Yay! I keep meaning to buy a walking foot but just never get around to it. I’m glad you love yours!
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I am a fabric addict! It’s genetic. My mom was too, until she stopped sewing and passed much of her stock to me. I haven’t had it out since we moved, but I’m Jonesing for some time to just sit and fondle it, if nothing else! 😉 Good you’re moving on your quilts! I still have a half-patched crazy quilt I need to get to…
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