Thursday, December 4, 2008

Detour

What's December without a detour? I've put Dream Fountain on hold for today as I have Quilter's Friendship Group Duty ( I won't say which one as that may give it away)...I'm in charge of quilting a quilt that the group has made for an "0" birthday.

When lots of people are involved in a project, things don't always fit at the last lap, so I'm unpicking this quilt's ditch stitching tonight as it's uneven - it has too much ease. I have to admit, I am a bit of a perfectionist and I can't start quilting unless the top is as close to perfect as possible...I always tell my friends, once you start unpicking- it never ends! You see more and more mistakes that you want to correct. What starts with a small 'fix' ends up with 6 hours invested. There's just no easy way out, good quilting needs a good foundation.

It's times like these that I wish I had a long arm machine, because with domestic machine quilting you just can't get away with fudging it - even a little bit...

4 comments:

  1. What a wonderful friend you are to ensure a really great quilt at the end. Hope it works out!
    Merry Christmas

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  2. Hi Esther
    you have the same name as my mum......and I cant wait to see this quilt.... once the quilting is finished . ...they come alive don't they when completed

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  3. Esther, thank you for the BOM! I vliesoflixed my pieces down last night, and started the applique in the early hours of this morning. I forgot about reversing the pattern though! ;-) Never mind, I love it. I have a photo on my blog. Can't wait to see the next block...love surprises!

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  4. Esther had to comment here, you would be a marvel with a long arm machine, have been up close and personal with your quilts and they are beautiful on a domestic, as owner of 2 gammills I can highly recomend them..I love my longarm machines..thanks for the BOM as I dont have much time for me and this is perfect,block one came together today..thanks again.cheers Pat Dwyer from Waterfall Manor machine quilting.

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