Thursday, 26 April 2012

Sewing bee and quilting challenge!

Yesterday it did not stop raining but it was a perfect sewing day! My class friends L & S came over for a sewing day. So the dining room looked like this...
We were busy bees and we managed to get S just about caught up for our class tomorrow.

I had mentally marked this morning as the time for getting my Strawberry Fields quilt basted and to start on the quilting. Well, I got the spray basting out, and using Judith's excellent tutorial, got to it. All was going swimmingly until I got to the top end of the quilt and found that the backing was too short!!! I was rather irritated, but there is always a solution. Mine, was to trim a little backing off the sides and join them together and then attach this strip to the main piece of backing.
It was really fiddlely as the gingham had to be matched up but it was eventually done and it doesn't look too awful. Doing this has eaten up my time this morning, so I have only quilted one block
Front of block

Front of block
Back of block

I want to thank you all for your ideas and suggestions. You are fantastic.  There were lots of different ideas and some were way beyond my expertise. Helen even sent me a diagram of how to do the above quilting. 
I am going to see what my men think of it this evening. I might just try another idea and then decide! I have now run out of time as I have a meeting to get to, within the hour. So bye...
Di xo          

8 comments:

  1. I hate when backings are too short when you think you have planned it all so well. Happens to me all the time. Quick thinking solution on your part.

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  2. Ah I hate it when that happens! Glad you had a great sewing spree though. SF will looking amazing once it is all quilted up! Jxo

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  3. There is always a solution to these wee "problems" - above all, just say "remember it's patchwork"

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  4. I can see a wee bit of sunshine coming through that window! I hate it when you are on a roll and then something holds you up!

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  5. How frustrating! Thank goodness you thought of such a good solution - matching all those squares must have been time consuming though! Thanks for the mention, I hope the men like the quilting but it's your opinion that's the most important ;o)

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  6. Ugh! The short backing just happened to me too! But is mostly because I'm cheap and try to skimp. And it always comes back to bite me in the butt :)

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  7. I've done the same thing with a backing that was too short...I'm sure your join will be invisible and in any case most people will be looking at the front ;o)

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  8. It turned out really great.
    I'd like to hear more about how you quilted it.
    xxxx

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