Well, she’s finally been tamed.
After many long hours, very sore shoulders and a few choice words,
I’ve managed to machine quilt this king sized quilt on a domestic Juki.
I did an outline quilt pattern to emphasize the star shape and the centre squares. I backed it in a pure white quilt backing fabric (it’s been so long, I don’t remember the name or even where I bought it from) that is 108″ wide.This meant I didn’t have to piece the back at all.
I used a lavender coloured thread to quilt the top and white in the bobbin. I ended up trimming the quilt down a bit, it now measures 94″ x 94″. I did this mainly because I found out it’s going on a Queen sized bed! I guess it’s a good idea to find out these things before the start of a project! This quilt will be great for two people to wrap and snuggle in.
There are more than a few mistakes in this baby! There is a terrible amount of puckering on the top in more places than I want to admit and a few on the back too. I thought about ripping out about 4000 stitches but decided I’d leave it as is. My brother and his wife won’t care and it doesn’t change the durability of the quilt. I’m chalking it up to a learning experience!
By the time I was quilting the outer blocks and border, I’d sort of figured out how this whole machine quilting thing is supposed to work! This being my third machine quilted item ever, I thought I did pretty darned good!
I still need to bind it. I’d love to go do it now, but alas, I have to work tomorrow and sleep is beckoning…
I have a label to add to the back of the quilt and I’ll get it bound, using Terrain by Kate Spain, and washed sometime tomorrow. I’m hoping once I wash it, the puckering will ‘blend’ a bit with the natural crinkly-ness of the quilt. Fingers crossed!
I’m also hoping by the time I’m finishing my 30th or 300th quilt (God willing!), I’ll look back on this one with love and laughter at my feeble kindergarten-like quilting.
I’ll be gifting this to my brother and sister-in-law at Christmas. This is now 3 of the 4 gift quilts I had planned on making this year. So far I’m on schedule!
I’ll be linking with WIP at Freshly Pieced on Wednesday, Finish it up Friday at crazy mom quilts later this week and also Link a Finish Friday at Richard Quilts. I’ve also decided to join in on OctoberQuest for the month. Won’t you join in the linky fun?