Monday, February 06, 2006

My most worst quilt

In 2001 I bought the book "Quilts from Aunt Amy" . I fell in love at the frontcoverquilt. I never made a quilt by machine so this was my first one. Making the top was easy and fun. But then I decided to machine quilt it. I didn't know that the dogfeet need to be down and then freemotion the stitches. So I turn for every circle my WHOLE quilt round and round.....
Pfff a hard work and I don't get my circles neat and can't keep my fabric flat.
I try to meander the border. After a big piece I thought it was a good idea to READ in a book how to do machine quilting . OOh and I saw how it works... so my last borders I did it the right way. After this quilt I never dare to quilt a quilt by machine. The kids may use it for everything , making a tent in the garden, for picnic, on the boat, I don't care.I putt it in the laundry, in the dryer etc. No one can ruin this quilt :c)

After this experience I take some lessons in the shop and now I will practise it . This weekend I made this little wallhanging for my oldest daughter . It turned out very nice. Do I dare to quilt this by machine ?????
Lucy

17 comments:

Cathi said...

I like your quilt! You should just say that you planned it that way.. I think it is a wonderful, scrappy quilt... I like the raw edges as well...might have to try this one myself...too many bloggers with too many interesting quilts...I'll never get them done in one lifetime!

I'll take it if you don't want it anymore, LOL!! But sounds like your family makes good use of it!!

Darcie said...

I've made this "Bull's Eye" quilt also, Lucy! It was fun, wasn't it! Ours is in our master bedroom. Each time I look at it, I think that I should made another out of hand dyeds. Some day!

Your daughter's quilt is darling. What a great little Valentine's quilt. I'll look forward to seeing if you machine or hand quilt it.

Sharon said...

Of course you should machine quilt it! I have a feeling NOTHING is as bad as you tell us it is! All your things are so lovely!

La Tea Dah said...

Your quilt is pretty --- and I think your children are fortunate to have a quilt to do all sorts of fun and creative things with! They must feel special, that they have a quilt that they can play outside with and make forts with and covered wagons and tents and all sorts of other fun things! When they are all grown up, they'll probably remember this quilt as their very favorite!

La Tea Dah
www.gracioushospitality.blogspot.com

Sandra said...

Lucy, you make me laugh so much :-) I like your quilt and the quilting is very Maverick LOL. I made a scrappy I-spy quilt years ago and did a clamshell quilt pattern by machine moving the whole quilt round like you did - hard work and very funny now that I think about it :-) I love this pattern - I have made two of them.

Patty said...

Hi Lucy,
I like it and think you did a great job with machine quilting.

Finn said...

It did turn out very nice Lucy, love the border treatment..*S* And yes, I'm sure you can machine quilt it just beautifully!!

cher said...

Lucy, go for it! I am sure your daughter will love it and you will do great...just enjoy doing it

kathie said...

Lucy,
I bought that book too just tomake that bullseye quilt.
I still have not done it , sorry to admit to.
Maybe now I just may have to as I love seeing yours and am inspired again. Your daughters quilt is so nice, I would machine quilt it as this one will be much easier due to the size, YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!
thanks for sharing the pictures of your quilts...now let me go get my book.....

Dawn said...

Your daughters quilt is so adorable! Go for the machine quilting - you can do it. It is good for some things. Your hand quilting is to die for and great for your quilts, but for some quilts a fast machine quilt is just right too!

Laura said...

I have been there myself with the machine quilting, I think your quilt looks wonderful and you need to give it a try again, practice makes perfect!

Joanne said...

I love your Bulleyes Quilt! Yes, machine quilting is hard, and they say just practice, practice, practice! The smaller one should be easier to quilt -- not too hard to move under the needle.

Patti said...

You CAN do it Lucy!

Mary said...

I like the bullseye too - its a pattern I want to make and I like how yours turned out.

I think you should try machine quilting again - it does take practice but you'll get it.

Samantha said...

Lucy- I have made that same quilt twice now, in brights, as baby gifts! It was alot of fun to make, but I cheated and just quilted around the edges of each block. It makes a great baby quilt because the edges are so much fun for them to play with!

YankeeQuilter said...

Lucy you can do it! Smaller pieces are much easier. My only advice is to use some scrap warm-up pieces each time to sit down to work on it...oh, ya, a second piece of advice, if you decide to do it in one sitting listen to your body...if your arms get stiff or you tense your legs then the stitches will start to show it! It is supposed to be fun!

Siobhan

Sandra said...

Ha, I did a scrappy quilt and a clamshell pattern that I machine quilted by turning the quilt round and round - VERY hard work - so you're not alone :-) I have a Bullseye that needs quilting - must get to it! The little wallhanging is very cute :-)

I checked out the Classic Four Block Quilts by Gwen Marston, but it's around $63 here - I'll have to ask for it for my birthday :-)