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Pink Petals finished! [Apr. 16th, 2010|05:52 pm]

Twin baby quilts made for twin girls who were born on the 14th of this month (click to embiggen):
Pink petals Pink petals 1
Pink Petals 2  

The first baby quilt was finished on Sunday; the second was basted, quilted, and bound in a marathon this week in order to be finished by today for gifting before we leave the area.  The mother and father to be came out to visit us on Sunday so I was able to show them progress to date; the twins were born on Wednesday (everyone's healthy and happy, yay!)   We turned the quilts over to the dad this afternoon and I went for a nap -- lots of late nights in the rush this week.  Washing them was a nerve wracking experience as always, but they came out very nice.  Ref previous entries, both are cat approved so a quick wash was a must!

I am very happy with the quilting which is rough if you look closely, but looks fine at a distance.  I learned a ton about machine quilting.  Among other things, pinning the paper design to the quilt and stitching through it works great, and it works better if you pin baste the design in place rather than pin basting and then pinning the paper over top.  The number of safety pins I ran over in areas where I thought I'd removed all the pins first was truly impressive.  Only one needle was broken but the wire cutters came out a time or two to remove safety pins that were sewn over.  I need more safety pins for this method.  And anything larger than this size quilt wouldn't be possible for me on the Bernina.  I know lots of excellent quilters who say there is no problem with even larger quilts on a standard sewing machine, but clearly they are more expert than I because that was about all the fabric I could wrestle through the machine.  My shoulders were in rough shape on the last day; the quilting setup isn't ideal with the machine set on a standard table.

It was a fun project!

From: jeansophie
2010-04-16 10:01 pm (UTC)
What a sweet pair of quilts. What's next?
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[User Picture]From: catlinye_maker
2010-04-16 10:18 pm (UTC)
Back to the applique, I think. Lots of teeny-tiny grapes. I am beginning to understand why people pre-make their circles for applique and am considering doing that for these grapes. We're almost done with this loop in the RV; next week we'll be back at the house so quilting in general will take a backseat to clearing cruft.

The applique project was due in February (ah, well) so that's a priority, but I also want to set up the semi-longarm sewing machine that I bought some years ago and get it running. Now that these two test quilts are done I am eager to start machine quilting the backlog of tops and get some quilts finished for us!
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From: jeansophie
2010-04-16 10:33 pm (UTC)
Have a safe trip home ... and enjoy quilting in a larger space when you get there ;-)
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[User Picture]From: mallo_forscher
2010-04-16 11:10 pm (UTC)
>>Have a safe trip home

Thank you for the wishes but oddly neither of us are looking forward to the next drive as it will mean leaving home and having an extended visit with my mother in a house we happen to own.

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