Wednesday, 23 April 2014

WIP Wednesday [quilt tops and quilting]

This weekend we had loads of family round - my parents and brother came to stay for the long weekend and on Sunday 17 of us sat down to dinner including a six-year-old, a 13-month-old and Mia. Of course that meant not much sewing time, but here and there I have done a few stitches.

I've been working a lot on my Neon Stained quilt. I'm free motion quilting each block using a variety of fillers - Pinterest has been invaluable for inspiration and I've got a board dedicated to quilting inspiration

Progress is being made but you can't see it very well from the front - I've quilted all the pink and all the orange.

The back shows it better - I love this Ikea print.

The green and yellow are still to do and my aim is next Monday when I'm showing a local group how to free motion quilt - this will be a great way to show them the results - I'm nowhere near perfect but the practice I'm getting from this quilt is really helping.

All of this practice will come in handy - yesterday I managed to baste the monster that is my City Sampler quilt. And with all the family here for the weekend I finally got it photographed!

I used a microstitch gun to baste for the first time - we basted four quilts in total - one that my mother-in-law has made, which I'm going to quilt, my Three Peaks quilt, the Arabella Hexagon quilt and the City Sampler. Once I make a start on quilting I'll have a fuller idea of how successful it is, but the actual act of basting was just so easy and straight forward. If quilting goes well I could be a convert!

Linking up with WIP Wednesday.


Marly said...

The "stained glass" quilt is beautiful but it's so much work quilting each piece individually; all those threads to finish off.
Thanks for sharing your city sampler. I have the book and am collecting fabric to start mine so it's great to see your layout. I look forward to seeing how you quilt it.

Ruth said...

Wow 4 quilts basted that's great going. I love your City Sampler (I'm still in the 30's on this one with quite a ways to go!). Can't believe Ikea are discontinuing that print - i love it too and it's on the back of both my WIP's at the moment!

Swedish Scrapper said...

Oh, interesting! I'd love to hear how it goes with the microstitch gun....
Your Stained Glass and City Sampler are really fabulous!!! I also sut received my book. I chose the layout but I don't even have fabrics pulled yet-- too much to do!

knottygnome said...

your city sampler is stunning!

Andrea @ Mouse in My Pocket said...

I love your stained glass quilt. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished quilt. And I'd love to hear more about this microstitch gun. I've never heard of such a thing.

Tanyia said...

beautiful WIPs! I love the city sampler, is it King Sized? So beautiful!

Stopping by from Lee's WIP hop

Terri Ann @ said...

Your stained glass is lovely! I've always wanted to try FMQ on my domestic machine but I'm not brave enough to do it on a real project. That city sampler is a mega quilt huh? The colors are absolutely stunning.