Behemoth Tamed!

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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.

20130930-224547.jpgI 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.

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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!

20130930-230128.jpgI 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!

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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?

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11 Responses to Behemoth Tamed!

  1. It looks fantastic! I’m impressed you quilted a king size quilt on a domestic machine!!

  2. Rita Ferber says:

    I didn’t realize how hard it would be! I just started without thinking it through. Thanks for your kind words!

  3. It looks great, puckering and all! I have a King-size quilt that I have been putting off quilting for ages because I can’t face trying to wrestle it through my machine. so well done you!

  4. Rita Ferber says:

    Thank you! You should try it, or have someone long arm quilt it for you. It’s a shame to do all the work of piecing and not finishing. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Well done. If the puckers aren’t too big then the crinkle should hide them. I love the crinkle, it hides lots of little mistakes in my quilts!

  6. Rita Ferber says:

    That’s what I’m hoping for! Wash day tomorrow! Thanks for the encouragement!

  7. Laura says:

    Looking good! And i can’t fault your choice of Terrain as binding!

  8. Rita Ferber says:

    I used it in the quilt but I think I like it even better as the binding. Thanks for hosting the OctoberQuest!

  9. Barb@Witsend says:

    Its a beautiful quilt. I think of it as a learning curve!

  10. Rita Ferber says:

    That’s exactly what it was. I hope the recipient will like it when they get it at Christmas.

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