Sunday, August 7, 2011

Spanish Tile, Again, and Done

I finally have a finish to show you. I put this Spanish Tiles quilt away for awhile. I was so disappointed with my quilting, I had to take a break. If you've been reading my blog for awhile, you know I always say I don't like the actual quilting.

Let me design, pick out the fabrics and piece the whole shebang!

After that, I am wholly incompetent at any decent quilting. Sometimes I can get an OK meandering design using my Grace frame and Juki. But, just as often, I can even mess that up.

I decided to do some straight line stitch-in-the-ditch quilting on this quilt. Fine! Until I started to get major migration of the fabric. Even with the even-feed foot!

Remove 1 mile of quilting!

Then I tried a built-in serpentine stitch. Same problem.

Remove 2 miles of stitching.

Oh, I don't mind removing quilting, but this was ridiculous! I removed enough thread to wind up on a whole "nother spool. Over and over again!!

Finally, I decided to do free motion stitch-in-the-ditch, in the black, with black thread, where it wouldn't show. That worked OK. And besides, I can't see much on the back either.
I followed up with straight line quilting, but not stitch-in-the-ditch,..........a good half inch away from the seam. That worked.

I did make a little change to this pattern. I added the little triangles to the corner of each block and I made the outside sections of each block the same. I think I will write a variation for this pattern as I kind of like this look.

I love this little birdie print.

The quilt is done and I am OK with it.

I've been busy with another design, but, people near and dear to me say it looks like a swastika!
So I guess I need to change something.

Hah, did you think I was going to show it to you, before it was finished!!!


Joyful Quilter said...

You took out the quilting ... twice! Wow, I would have probably gone lalalalala I don't see that lalalala don't tell me it's there. Denial is my middle name.

Your quilt and your quilting turned out lovely (I like the little birdie print too).

Candace said...

I'm lovin' this quilt, Mary - not only for the design and fabrics, but all that hard work! You deserve a medal! On the The new design is definitely interesting and I have to say I see that symbol as well - it almost looks like you're fabric painting?

Anonymous said...

This quilt is pretty and cheerful! Sorry about your frustrations with the quilting.

Louisette said...

Lovely color, greeting from Belgium

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