Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Simple and Cute
After my sewing machine came back from its trip to the spa, I felt like I had to get acquainted with it again before I started working on a serious project. To I dug out some orphan blocks and put together this charity quilt. I thought the blocks were hopeless and actually stuck them back in the drawer, but when combined with this bright, soft blue, they worked. I'm happy with the way this turned out: cheerful and bright and suitable for a boy. (Boy quilts seem hard to come by.)
I also liked the quilting. It's something I've done before, but not recently, and was glad to rediscover in the memory banks. It's fast and simple. I just used washable Crayola markers to mark a few curved lines dividing the top into sections, and then quilted more parallel lines in each section using the guide on the walking foot. Faster than quilting in the ditch and more interesting. I don't usually use muslin backs because they don't hide any knots or add interest, but this was a totally stash project. Good thing I did this too, because the new, presumably correct tension calibration on the machine is much tighter, and I had to relearn some things.