I am really liking how the blocks are looking together. I think adding the grey to the red and blue scheme has made this quilt a little more "grown up".
I love how when I start a project, cut fabric starts like this
and ends up like this
I have made the decision to Quilt as I Go with this one. I find these days that I have a ball piecing my tops, but then when I quilt, it does not go well and I feel very let down by the finished product. I mean I know the quilting is not "awful", but it is not as good as I think it could be (and trust me folks I am not a perfectionist when it comes to my craft - perhaps I should be - but I have too much fun doing it to put that much pressure on myself). I guess the bottom line is that I would like my quilting to be better!
When I think about why my quilting is lacking, I think I have a couple of barriers. Both related to my machine. Now, don't get me wrong, My Kenmore and I have been together many years (and likely more to come) and have held it together through good times and bad, but she does have a few major drawbacks. One - a small throat
Trying to jam a quilt of any size - and I do mean Jam people - through this tiny throat means everything gets plain fugly. I get mad, I get sore shoulders, and stitches tend to go off track, get inconsistent and fabric pulling and puckering is an issue.
Second, is the lack of a quilting surface. This model did not come with a "flatbed" extension table (and at the time that I bought it, I really didn't know I needed it), which means there is a lot of tension and pull on the quilt as I am working, not good. But I do have some good news about this problem. I have ordered one of these
I do not have it in my hot little lands yet, but will be sure to report when I do! (excited about this, can you tell!?!)
Anyway, all of that being said, I am going to use Maureen Cracknell's approach to QAYG and quilt each log cabin block individually and then piece the top all together. I think the result will be way better and since this quilt is a commission, my customer should be pleased:)
Do you have problems with quilting or have any tips? Always looking to be better!
Linking up today
So, that's it for me on this Wednesday, back to the blocks...