Sunday, 17 June 2012

Retro Mod Quilt progress

All my spare time the past couple of days has been concentrated on getting my Retro Mod quilt completed. My class, that I am doing the quilt in, has two more sessions to run. I, however, want to get this quilt finished for my nieces's 18th birthday and give it to her as a present. I was quite chilled about achieving this as I knew that we wouldn't be seeing them until August...until we were invited to a Sunday birthday lunch next Sunday. So I have been sewing quickly. My only problem has been doing the quilting in the setting blocks. I have finally resulted to hand quilting as the FMQ looked so awful. I am not happy with the end result, so if any of you have a quick fix, or an idea for me, let me know asap.


Late on last night, I managed to machine around the inner border to secure it.

What do you think to those bits of blue plastic cloths? They were a pressie from Trudi when we were at the FQ retreat. They are cut from an anti slip mat for a tray, that Trudi got at a pound shop. They are brilliant for helping move the quilt whilst sewing. These, and a walking foot, are just the bees knees! To finish this quilt I need to bind it and sort out the hand quilting. All help/suggestions will be gratefully received as time is not on my side.
Di xo

9 comments:

  1. So, what don't you like about your handquilting? Hard to tell from the picture - might it just need a heavier thread fro the handstitching? I'm sure it's all lovelier than you are giving yourself credit for.

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  2. Wow those plastic cloths are such a good idea.
    I would probably sew them into my quilting, knowing me {;0)
    xxxx

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  3. I tried the cloths the other day, my normal (not on Frame) FMQ was so much better and it was much easier to move the fabric around without it bunching... love trudy for that tip alone :)

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  4. Good luck with finishing up. I fmq, so have no good advice on the hand quilting but what I see looks lovely.

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  5. The hand quilting looks lovely, glad the little blue thingies worked for you :)

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  6. It looks great to me. And those blue 'thingies' are a great idea

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  7. I'm not a big hand quilter and would probably need to see the whole quilt to pass any useful kind of comment. I expect your niece will just be thrilled to receive a hand made quilt from you, and whatever you do to it, she will love it. Jxo

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  8. I wish I could help but I don't FMQ and haven't tried hand quilting yet. I do like you blue grippy things. I use quilting gloves - but they tend to make me a bit warm. You know along with a large quilt laying on me and shoving it through my machine :) I'm curious to see your results.

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  9. Looks pretty good to me di!! X

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