Sunday, May 31, 2015

Really Finished!!

After a setback on Thursday and a conversation with an APQS technician, I headed for the old Bernina and finished this quilt up today!!
I had started a wonky diamond cable on George when it jammed up.  The first time I did this border design, I was still working on my Bernina with the walking foot so it was easy to go back to that equipment and not get out-of-control about George being jammed up.
The longer I machine quilt, the more I realize that very highly skilled machine quilters (regardless of what type of machine they use) are much more particular souls than I am.  I piece because I love to do it but I quilt because I have to do it.
 
So at this point, I've taken an adaptive attitude -- since I don't have the patience (?) to deal with fine detail, my quilting style is improvisational and whimsical! 
 
The wonky diamond cable!
I stitch across the border at an angle until I get within about 1" of the edge.
Pivot about 45 degrees more or less and head back across the border to the opposite side.
When I get to a corner, depending on where I land I execute a "box" in the corner or head directly across to the opposite edge.
I echo both lines to emphasize the diamonds.
It's a perfect border design for this assortment of fabrics -- just the right amount of whimsy!
As I was doing it this time, I thought it might be fun to add another pair of lines in a different thread color to make the design look like an argyle -- but that's for another quilt. 
I will sketch it out so I don't forget the idea and file it in my pile of quilting design inspirations.
 
Feels good to have another project crossed off the second quarter list for the 2015 Finish Along!!
Bring on the next deadline!!
 
Mary Huey
 
Linking up with all the other finishers at the
 
 

 

15 comments:

  1. The wonky diamond cable is perfect for this quilt! Thanks for the tutorial - it is such a great idea!

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  2. That is a great quilt and the quilting is perfect for it.

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  3. yes all of our tops need to be quilted and who has the money to constantly have others doing their quilting for them - I love to quilt but for most it is the tops they love to make the quilting is the necessary part to finish - I think your quilt looks great - it is so colorful

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    1. Thanks, Karen! I tend to leave the quilting until I NEED to finish, perhaps if I did it more consistently I would enjoy that part of the process as much as I enjoy the piecing?!?

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  4. This is such a bright and cheery quilt and I love the border quilting. Your pictures and explanation make me thing that even I can do it. :-) Thanks for sharing and congratulations on finishing this.

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    1. Thanks for visiting and for the compliments, Joanne!

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  5. I too piece because I love and quilt because I have to. I am hoping that I learn to love hand quilting. I cannot imagine ever learning to love sewing machine quilting.

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    1. I learned to enjoy hand quilting by starting with "big stitch" with pearle cotton -- from there it was an easier transition to traditional hand quilting.

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  6. Hey, it works for me! Love the quilt.

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  7. This is a beautiful quilt and I think your quilting looks really fantastic.

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