#MSBHQAL – Week 07 + Giveaway Winner
Week 07 – Oct 14 – Oct 20 – Quilting
Let’s have a moment of truth: I have zero experience with free motion quilting (FMQ). I look at the incredible Gemma at Pretty Bobbins and think, “Good Lord, woman, you’re making the rest of us look like fools!” Seriously, she needs to be stopped. Can someone go steal that pretty bobbin of hers? So if you’ve shown up today hoping to get the skinny on how to best FMQ your MSBHQAL quilt, eh, it ain’t gonna happen.
But, I do have some experience with straight line quilting, and that is how I quilted my first two broken herringbone quilts. First, make sure you’ve basted liberally with pins or spray. I’m a Penn man, so I used those bent safety pins (love them!) with one in every bar and a few in the sashing areas. I wanted to keep the herringbone design front and centre so I then quilted around each individual bar with Aurifil 50wt cotton thread.
I worked from the inside block and then outwards to try and stabilize the quilt in place from the beginning. It was a lot of practice for me, as this was the first time I paid much attention to that “needle down” button. “Why would anyone want their needle down?” I had often pondered.
Yeah, once I established that little feature, the rest was just a matter of gettin’ ‘er done. If you do choose this outlining path, start memorising the below mantra, and you’ll have your quilt done in no time.
In the beginning, each block took me about 45 minutes to quilt, and towards the end about 35 minutes. I just like you to know what you’re up against! I’m sure if you’ve got skills like Pretty Bobbins, you’ll be all like, “Eh, I got this.”
Ahhh, it’s such a great feeling to take the pins out when you finish a section, isn’t it? I don’t wait until the end because the weight of those pins add up! Get that weight off your shoulders as soon as possible, I say!
Once your done, flip that quilt over and check out the back! Outline quilting all of those bars makes a nice subtle design on the quilt back, plus if you wash it, that design will be exaggerated. But hey! If you’re new at this, take your quilt out after every block and just check your tension on the back. I’ve had some disasters happen that you shouldn’t have to go through. Trust me!
Okay, another moment of truth. Outline quilting 9 blocks for a baby quilt was doable. Outline quilting 24 blocks: not interested. I’ve got places to be, and other quilt tops to make. So yesterday, I sent my #MSBHQAL quilt to Quilt Jane at Want It, Need It, Quilt so she can work her long arm magic. She is responsible for the fabulous quilting on Bartering for Flowers and Road to Cronulla, and I’m happy for her to make some more magic happen. I believe the Baptist Fan pattern is the way to go for me, but I think I need to call it the Non-Denominational Rainbow pattern instead. Yes, I’ll take that one please!
I’d love to hear about how you’re quilting your masterpiece! Are you an FMQ aficionado and want to share your great idea with the rest of us? Do you have straight lines on the brain, but heading in different directions? Do tell! Or, is your long arm friend feeling totally inspired and has something completely original to show off? I hope so!
Our final link up is in three weeks–are you almost ready!?
While you’re pondering your quilting, let’s find out who won this week’s giveaway! Here’s a reminder of the criteria, and the lucky comment from #MSBHQAL – Week 06 is…
1-8 blocks – a fat quarter from Molli Sparkles
9-19 blocks – a half yard from Molli Sparkles or Intrepid Thread
20 or more blocks – a yard from Molli Sparkles or Intrepid Thread
Melissa at My Fabric Relish! Woohoo! You can start shopping at Intrepid Thread and just tell me what you’d like to buy! Next week I’ll announce the prizes for our final link up, so see you #MSBHQAL-ers then!