Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Finished UFO: A Quilt for Sophie's Sister

Two weeks ago, I did a little post about my lost and found UFO's.  I gave myself until the end of June, a sort of random deadline, to finish these UFO's. This is my first completely finished UFO.  A super special friend is coming to visit me next week before she flies South to be with her daughter when she has her second child.  This quilt is for her new granddaughter.  

I absolutely LOVE to make quilt tops.  I don't love quilting however.  I always think I am going to try a fun quilt pattern but end up stippling.  I stipple because it's quick and forgiving.  I use a BSR on my Bernina 430 to do free motion quilting.  While quilting this piece, I struggled with skipped stitches.  After cursing my BSR and changing my needle to a new needle and changing the bobbin thread, I did a Google search to help me solve the problem.  After reading lots of advice in many different posts, I went back to my to machine test some theories.  I changed my quilting needle to an 90/14.  The larger needle doesn't move away from the bobbin hook.  I also changed my bobbin thread to a lighter weight thread.  It was like magic.  I had changed my needle and thread in an attempt to stop the skipping but I had not changed to the right needle and thread.  If you have trouble with skipping stitches, this might work for you too.




 I actually completed both of the quilts.  I sell quilt tops HERE.  I love to make tops but really don't love to quilt.  If you love to quilt, or need a quilt and have a favorite long-arm quilter, this might be just the thing for you. Both quilts have lovely '30's reproduction fabrics and two different white on white fabrics.  There is a white on white rose print and a white on white swirl print.




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19 comments:

  1. Beautiful! Its nice to get things finished isn't it?
    I like that you showed the back of your block...I am always curious to see how the seams are pressed...

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  2. Hi Maryse,
    I sure like to get things finished! Thank you for stopping by.

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  3. This is a sweet finish. I love the scrappy binding on it. Thanks for sharing the needle/thread tips for the skipped stitches!

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  4. Hello Kathi,

    This quilt is really lovely, a classic vintage look, and three cheers for persisting with the FMQ and overcoming the problems. All over quilting of a large quilt can be really hard work. Have you ever tried QAYG? I swear by it. You might like to try the method I have on my blog.

    Would you like to join the linky I have started, Free Motion Mavericks. It is early days yet, and it would be great to see you there.
    http://lizzielenard-vintagesewing.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/free-motion-mavericks-link-up-week.html

    Love from England, Muv

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    1. I am curious about QAYG...I need to learn more. I will check it out, thank you.

      Your linky is fun. I joined but need to improve my quilting before I post anything. I'll get inspiration from your linky!

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    2. Kathi,
      FMQ is FMQ, your quilt qualifies. I know how much hard work is involved doing an all over pattern on a large quilt, and the effect of your FMQ on this quilt is lovely. You should just jump in to the linky and show it off!
      Love, Muv

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  5. very pretty, I love the pattern. I too rely on stipple/meander quilting because it is fast and I love having finished quilts.

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    1. Me too... thank you for stopping by.

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  6. I love the simplicity of the pattern. Congrats on finishing a U.F.O.

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  7. Very pretty, clean and crisp ... :) Pat

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  8. What a pretty finish, Kathi. This will be a wonderful gift for the new granddaughter. Love the backing you chose.

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    1. Sophie's mom looked at it on my blog and loves it. Thank you!

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  9. Glad you didn't give up! It was worth the effort it looks great!

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