Wednesday, July 21, 2010

My Very First Quilt --- Slow and Steady : :

This week I made a little more progress on my very first quilt, mostly on Saturday night after I finished up the aprons. As I get  further along, I am beginning to worry about finding a proper work space for this project? I have been working on my dining room table, which means I have to pack it all up much too often. Where do you work on quilts or large projects? --- I'd love some ideas.
I am also having a few problems with the voile "puckering" a bit at the seams. I have adjusted my machine to a smaller stitch, which has helped a little. Have any of you had this problem when working with voile or fine, delicate fabrics? I really need to take the time to give what I have so far a good press.
With all that said and asked, I am enjoying working on this quilt so much, more than anything I have yet to try. Like a mantra, I am constantly whispering to myself Anna Maria's comment on my last quilt post, "take your time and enjoy."
And so, I am.

26 comments:

  1. Are you already using a microtex needle? If not, it's probably worth buying. Since the voiles are more slippery, they are more prone to puckering and other sewing mistakes than quilting cotton. But, I used a microtex needle for my Fairytale Patchwork quilt and the voiles squares came out as nice as the others.

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  2. Thank you Rachel! I will get one right away. I already started (carefully) ripping out the seam, it just doesn't look right to me. I will try again with the needle you are suggesting. I appreciate your help SO much! Thanks!!!

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  3. Amazing job, so beautiful and creative.

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  4. I'm so jealous! wish i knew how to make quilts. i should have let my grandma teach me. :(

    found you on etsy forums, i hope you'll come visit me too!

    http://jdavissquared.blogspot.com/

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  5. Your quilt looks so cute and fun! I hear you about space though, It was much easier for me to quilt when I had a table just for quilting :)

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  6. beyond impressed! this is beautiful! And that fabric is so soft and pretty. I own several yards. I can't wait to see more pictures!

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  7. Looks great so far! I want to do a quilt this year- I had never considered the space I will need- something to think about :) Thanks!

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  8. Absolutely breathtaking. I don't know how you do it. You are one super sewing woman!

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  9. Nice. I still haven't tried a quilt, but the one you're working on is interesting and unusual, and makes me want to do one. Nice work.

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  10. Great job! I couldn't even thread a sewing machine.

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  11. Wow. What a beautiful way to transfer your skills. I love the detail and your fabric selections. Your blog is very inspiring.

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  12. Oh I love it!!! Good luck to you! I just bought some fabric and am looking forward to starting my first quilt soon!!!

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  13. That will make a stunning quilt! Your talent never ceases to amaze me. Those aprons are stunning and now this quilt! enjoy!

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  14. Looks great - LOVE the color choices

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  15. Your quilt looks beautiful. You are so creative. I absolutely loved your post on the aprons you made. Wow, they came out great! I am excited to hear more about the quilt that you are working on. I too, find that larger projects need a nice spot...where you don't have to pack it up all the time. I sometimes use my dining room table to assembly line - a bunch of handmade jewelry but, when dinner time rolls around - I have to pack it up. I wish that I had unlimited space for my crafting. I am also considering buying a light that you wear on your head - sort of like a headband light that doctors wear. My house has terrible lighting and I am tired of not being able to see what I am doing, haha :)

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  16. It looks lovely thus far! Great combination of shapes and fabrics.

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  17. Maureen - your quilt is coming along beautifully! I do recommend using a microtex needle when piecing voile fabrics as well as using some spray starch - prior to cutting and perhaps again prior to sewing two pieces together. The longer the seam the harder it will be to ensure that there is no puckering. It's looking wonderful though!

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  18. Wow, this is coming along nicely! You've gotten a lot done this week - it's looking beautiful : )

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