Monday, 27 October 2014

Monday Makers! #10

What have you been up to? I continue having busy days at work-organising three meetings- and doing more yard work-I have no photos this time. I haven't done much sewing or quilting last week but started quilting the New Wave quilt and managed to quilt one line of white sashing.
I drew the design on a note pad and went straight to quilting. Even though I was quite nervous, it went really well and I am happy with the result.
I fed the quilt to the machine's throat vertically; so I pulled the quilt to myself as I quilted it rather than going from left to right. It made the quilting easy as the bulk was on my left on the table. Having said that, I am not sure if I could do the design I chose for the orange area- most probably it will be swirls-in the same way. For this, I need to practice definitely!
For the rest of the quilt; I am thinking about quilting each coloured and sashing area with a different design which will also compliment with the patterns on the fabric.
Idea for the spotty orange area
Practising and auditioning for the next sashing line. I think the design in the middle suits the best.  Yay or nay?
Before moving to Monday Makers!, I want to share a quilting tip with you. I am sure you have heard about people using different products like silicon spray or a slippery mat to help them slide the quilt on the machine more easily. I was thinking about how I could manage moving a large quilt on the machine without spending too much money, preferably no money, on such products. And the idea kicked in!
I had a large teflon sheet which I bought ages ago mainly for baking. I never used it for baking but utilised it when ironing interfacing on my fabrics. You put your fabric with interfacing in between the sheets and simply iron. Because it is teflon, nothing sticks to it. If the glue of the interfacing melts, you can either wipe it off or just rub it off with your finger tip very easily once it is dry. By this way, you protect your iron as well. I knew that those slippery mats are made of teflon...As you see in the photo, I covered the surface of my machine with the sheet, the width was perfect but had to cut it in half for my machine's size. Secured it with sticky tape all around. Cut the square which covered the needle and etc area off. Also trimmed the corners on the throat area and secured them with sticky tape as well; it was ready to use. I couldn't believe how much difference it made when moving the quilt! Gentle pulls and pushes were enough to slide the whole quilt! I felt terribly smart afterwards-mind you I still do LOL This certainly saved me at least a 100 bucks- the price of those mats.
I hope you can give this a go and find it useful too. 
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  1. I am so excited to see your FMQing progress! I like any of the options for the next sashing line - I would go with whatever you like best and are most comfortable with. I look forward to seeing more of your progress soon!

  2. Love your quilting and drawings :)

  3. Your quilting is looking good and what a smart idea with the sheet!

  4. Quilting looks really good so far! Like all your options for the next sashing line!

  5. Your quilt is coming along great - I love the quilting design you chose for the first sashing line, and I'm with Yvonne that you should pick what you like best and are most comfortable with for the next/upcoming rows :) I think it's cool that you'll be picking the design to complement the print it's next to :)


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