Wednesday, 7 January 2009

Finished French Braid Quilt

Well my best laid plans to machine quilt each day was interrupted by life just getting in the way as it does. It was in a good way though. This week I am spending getting my work ready for my classes which start back on Monday. The French Braid quilt needed to be layered and quilted but I have been putting that off as I was keen to free motion quilt it. That was one reason for all the practicing I have been doing. Although I am happy with FMQ I really needed to add to my repertoire. I still need to practice some more - lots more.

Whilst I was thinking about what to stitch on the quilt I got all the housework, washing, ironing done. It was good thinking time and yesterday I finally started the quilting.

Here it is being quilted. The easy option, apart from sending it off to Dianne in Lochearnhead to be quilted which is what I do with my larger quilts, would have been to quilt it using straight stitches or in the ditch. However I wanted to free motion quilt it and so I set about doing that yesterday. I had nothing to lose really and although it's not brilliant it is fine.

The other thing I tried which I haven't done before on a quilt this size is to baste it with 505 spray. Normally I either pin or thread baste and only use 505 for small quilts like my journal quilts. It was fine though and the quilt sandwich never moved which was what I feared.

This morning I squared it up and added the binding. One class sample finished!

A number of people have asked about the Nepal quilt design.
I have added it to my EQ projects on this blog. You can download EQ6 HERE and EQ5 HERE.


Sandy said...

The French braid quilt is lovely and the quilting beautiful.

Elma in Lochwinnoch said...

The colours just glow on your French Braid quilt-----hope to see a close-up of the quilting which I am sure will be great! :-)
I know what you mean about "thinking time" ironing is a great time for that as it makes the dreaded chore fly past!

Just as an aside the "verification words" when one wants to post fascinate me-----may be a quilt some day with a list of these strange words would be fun ;-)

MargaretR said...

Hi Carol. A very happy new year to you. You are doing well and I just love your projects.

Vicki W said...

I really need to make one of these French Braid quilts. I haven't seen one yet that I don't like!

Papoosue said...

My goodness, you've been busy - as ever! Your FMQ seems to be coming along nicely and your latest sample for the classes is lovely. Your new term seems to have come around very quickly :-)

Helen Conway said...

I don't understand why anyone bastes any other way than 505 spray! I use it on the hugest of quilts and it works every time. And it is so quick!