6.25.2009

quilt along progress:: weeks 5 & 6

Well, I have started the free motion quilting on my old red barn co. quilt along and have made it to week 6. She has combined these 2 weeks to give us all time to get the quilting done, and I am going to need it (and then some!)
When I first started to quilt I panicked a bit and thought "oh no! stop now and send it off to a long arm quilter!" But I am carrying on and it is going better than I thought. My biggest issue is dealing with all that bulk in my machine and on my lap and falling over my sewing table! I am surprised how strenuous quilting is, I feel like my biceps are getting a workout as I hold it all together. I keep reminding myself to breathe and continually talk to myself as I go. Do I sound crazy yet? Probably.. but I am really loving this quilting thing and I am so glad I decided to give it a try. I know when it is all done I will be thrilled! If you are thinking about trying it yourself I totally recommend this quilt along. Dana has it all spelled out so nice and the flickr group is really great for support.
Soon I will have more to share as I finish the quilting and start the binding. Woo Hoo!

6 comments:

peaknits said...

It looks great! I agree that quilting is tough work - I found myself getting sweaty under the quilt as I drug it around under the needle:) Keep up the good work!

Treasuresofjoy said...

The quilting looks great!Those blue and white fabrics looks so pretty together.

Amy - Park City Girl said...

Your quilt looks great! I love the fabrics you have in there :)

I'm always a bit sore after quilting too - It's hard work! Consider turning your machine so it's perpendicular to you - it's a little less awkward that way :)

Rebecca said...

It looks great! Mine's in a similar color-way as yours but different fabric line - I'm hoping to start my quilting this weekend. One tip a friend gave me is to wear quilting gloves for free-motion quilting to help grip the fabric - they work great.

the roe family said...

i am so excited! it looks fab and i am thinking that this fall i may give it a go.

any chance you are doing any sewing at the moment or is it just quiliting. i know you also have a beach trip soon so this may be out of the question...

Up for a comission or two? We are heading to Iowa on 7/10 and was thinking that that cute little dress you made for Kate a couple of weeks ago would make a great gift for my niece and my girlfriends daughter. Shoot me an email either way and we'll go from there. thanks liz! xoxo sarah

Rafael's Mum said...

It's looking great! I am about to piece the backing, so still a little behind, but hey, we'll all get there in the end!