So close…and yet so far!

James's quiltI was really pleased with myself last night, I had finally finished quilting James’s quilt, with wrist still intact!! Not only that but I had finished the quilting with about 12″ of bobbin thread left (from a 250m roll!!) Perfect I thought!

I quilted three chevrons yesterday which just left the side triangles. Each chevron has a different quilting pattern. My first attempt at free motion quilting (fmq) on this quilt hadn’t gone well, I tried to do wavy lines down a chevron, but mine have lots of wiggles and squiggles in them from when I had to stop and start. At that point I thought no more fmq on this quilt.

FMQ on James quiltTrying to get to sleep the other night with my head buzzing with sewing stuff (Is it only me…) I suddenly thought that if I did a pattern with points and corners, I might be able to do it. It worked!! I did a pattern of sort of scrolls / waves / leaves, a sort of wave ending in a point when I could get everything straight before the next move, I was really pleased with it. The photos look grey, but actually it’s a teal blue, the bottom picture is a lot more accurate.

When it came to the side triangles I decided to do  fmq in a meandering sort of pattern, that worked well too as I was only trying to tackle a small area at a time. Flushed with success I decided to do the other side with a loopy pattern, it just didn’t work out right, I should have followed Stuart Hillards advice and drawn it on a piece of paper first! Having done two corners though I felt committed as I really didn’t want to try and undo it, so I stitched the last three triangles with the loopy pattern. Finished…or so I thought!Loopy stitches :-(

This morning I started taking photographs of James’s quilt, top looked great, turned it over to show the quilting, arghh what’s that!!! Those first two pesky triangles that I wasn’t happy with but didn’t want to undo, were all loopy-loopy underneath!!! So I’m going to have to undo them anyway and not only that, I’ve had to go out and buy more thread too!!

Hopefully today I will finish the quilting, then just to bind and sew a label 🙂

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About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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8 Responses to So close…and yet so far!

  1. Thimberlina says:

    Oh no! I feel your pain! Hope you’ve soon got it sorted, and don’t forget when you go shopping, you’re only off to buy thread! 😀


    • craftycreeky says:

      Thanks, it’s sorted, I’ve just to hand-stitch the binding down now…and I was very good, I only bought a reel of thread, mind you I was only in Stephen Smiths Craft centre, not as much to tempt me in there!!

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  2. amcclure2014 says:

    I’m glad you’ve got it sorted. It’s looking good.


  3. You’re not alone – I lie awake some nights consumed with crafty thoughts which I just cannot switch off in my brain – most annoying. Your quilt looks beautiful!


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