When I made the “Get it Done” list for July I noticed that there were several tops to be quilted so yesterday I started the quilting marathon. I hope I can quilt and machine sew the binding onto at least eight quilts in the next 10 days. We’ll be heading to Michigan for a few days with Jim’s siblings at Magician Lake and it would be nice to have lots of hand sewing for the car ride and sitting in the evening. I just picked up the latest Jodi Picoult book Storyteller on Playaway at the library so that will give me 18.25 hours of listening while I quilt.
These first two projects are for Quilts Beyond Borders. The bindings have to be stitched entirely by machine so I won’t have any hand sewing on them. For this one I just quilted swirls. This seems to be my go-to design. I can do it quickly and there’s not much thinking involved. It’s hard to get “trapped” where you can’t stitch your way out of a section or corner.
Here is a close-up of the quilting—it’s so easy to do!
These quilts come to me already pieced with the backing and binding provided. I just add batting, do the quilting then machine sew the binding. This one had a rayon challis backing and I was so afraid the tension wouldn’t be good on the back. Thankfully, it worked out just fine. I used Superior Omni in the bobbin and a yellow/gold variegated King Tut on top. The backing fabric is really pretty and coordinates very well with the front!
For the second one I quilted an overall “water” pattern. Again it was easy and went pretty quickly.
And a close-up of quilting:
This one had a cotton backing. I used Omni in the bobbin for this one too but Signature cotton on top. Both combinations worked well and I didn’t have any tension issues. Gotta love that!!
The next one is loaded and ready to go!