I have a problem with quilts that started 20 years ago. I love them. I love choosing patterns. I love choosing fabrics. I love piecing them. And then comes the quilting and all progress stops. I started hand quilting one of the tops I made, but it was taking forever, so I made another top. And another one, and another one, and another one. I must have completed 10 tops in the time it took me to hand quilt that first quilt. I tried machine quilting, but it didn't go so well. I was able to finish a few small wall and lap quilts, but all the other tops I finished wound up folded up in a box and languished.
Every 5 years or so I would get the quilting bug again, buy a pattern and fabric, or a kit, and sew yet another top or two before remembering that I never got the quilting done. I even found blocks completed for quilts that had not been put together into a top. Now, I have discovered tons of information on the internet and I am finishing those tops left and right. No more pin basting for me! I tried spray basting and I'm a convert. I got myself a walking foot, and took a Craftsy class on machine quilting. Love the ideas shown in that class. Why I thought that I had to do free motion quilting is beyond me.
This week I am working on three quilts. The first one is a kit I bought 10 years ago. Before I moved to Wisconsin, 2 years ago, I had all of the blocks done with the exception of the center one. I got that one put together yesterday.
Today, I completed the center medallion. Love the colors in this, and am excited to get it completed and quilted.
These are the other blocks that will border that center medallion. I am rather pleased with the way these turned out. I'm getting much better with my piecing. The points are actually points!
I spent the better part of yesterday in my sewing room working on quilts. The one below was actually just 9 patch squares. I decided to turn them into disappearing 9 patch. Now I just need to pick up some fabric to use as a border and get it quilted.
All that's left to do on this turtle wall hanging is sew down the binding on the back. I bought this as a kit shortly after moving here, and finally got it put together.
Turtles were appliqued with fusible webbing, then I satin stitched around them. The quilting is a simple wavy line using variegated thread.