Sunday, July 6, 2008

One down...

After a very short nap this afternoon, I finished loading the stash quilt onto Lenny. Doesn't this look great?

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And started quilting with a brights variegated thread. It looks really great with the colors on the quilt! It's hard to tell in the pictures though.

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I just did a simple stipple just to get the hang of Lenny and Squiggy. I needed to figure out a way to see how far forward I could go and how to work the rods and the height on the take up rod when it starts getting full.

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Here is it finished.

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I used 2 and partial of 125m spools of Coats and Clark thread. And I used 5 and a partial bobbins. I used a Connecting Thread's red in the bobbin because the backing is red.

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And here it s being doggie tested.

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Now, I just need to attach the binding and bury the thread ends into the quilt. But, I think that it looks pretty darn good!

12 comments:

Michelle said...

Great job, Jill! Woo Hoo!!!!

Cindy (aka Peony the House Elf) said...

I think that it looks fantastic. Way To GO and it's doggie approved.

Moneik said...

Greaat job on the quilting! I'm sure you're happy to have your first one already completed... I'll have mine set up a week from today. I can hardly wait. We're moving furniture to make room tomorrow.

Kristie said...

Your quilt looks great!!! What pattern is this?? I am mailing my top out in the mail to you in the morning!!!
Kristie

Suzan said...

Great job! I know you are really excited to have finished your first quilt!! I have a suggestion just because I know what a pain it is to change the bobbin. Try the pre-wound bobbins. You will not believe how much more thread is on those as opposed to loading your own.

Gina said...

It looks great. Well done on your first quilt.

love and hugs Gina xx

Julie said...

Well done. My friend Kerri and I just purchased a machine too. We are learning fast, its lots of fun. Good luck. Julie.

BitnByAQuiltingBug said...

Oh Jill! Excellent! You gotta just love it!
Regina

Jen said...

I've never tried pre-wound bobbins because I can't see buying a bunch of one color when that might not be the color I back with. I just buy the bottom line spools a few at a time. In no time you'll have all the basic colors you'll need. You'd be amazed at which colors totally blend in to others. We used a yellow on my mom's sage green back and you don't see it AT ALL. You actually have to look for it.

Ughhh, and I suck there were a few things I should have told you.

When you're at the left side (or right; whatever you use as your "home base") put your needle down. Then roll the quilt up on the top roller so that it barely touches the top. Then crank the rest of your rollers to get everything tight. Be careful not to put the needle too close to the top edge. Now, do a straight stitch down that side edge until you bottom out. Glance down the quilt to see where your land marks are and now you know how far down you can go.

For the threads, when I start sewing, I pull both threads up to the top, once I get going, I go back and snip those off close to the quilt. If anything I put a dab of fray check on and leave them be. They suck down into the quilt.

Oh, and for the batting. I think you said the quilt was like 66 x 88? I cut the length of batting off the bolt to about 70 inches. Then I turn it so the 70 goes across and the 96 is down...less waste on the sides that way. =) That might be what you did and I'm just not seeing that from the angle your picture is at.

Regina said...

LOVE IT!!! I've liked this quilt since you first finished piecing the top - and quilted it looks AWESOME!

Bethany said...

WOW! You did an awesome job and I'm so glad you are having fun. I love the colors and the pattern.

Anonymous said...

Great job on your first LA quilt.