Friday, March 16, 2007

Another completed quilt

I finished another quilt this week. It has been sitting on my handi quilter frame since December. It is the first quilt I attempted to do on the frame in a few years. It was not a pleasant experience.
I decided to use a large stipple pattern, and I had a good flow going. Everything looked to be going well, until I got a look at the underside of the quilt. UGH! Eyelashes on all those curves! My tension wasn't quite right, and I had terrible looking stitches underneath. So, I ended up pulling the quilt from the frame and ripping those stitches out. Oh the frustration of it all! Now I know why people said the put a mirror on the table under the quilt frame. I will definately invest in one before I attempt another quilt on the frame. I requilted without the frame the second time around.
What a horrible experience. At least it is done, although certainly not my best work. This quilt is made from blocks I swapped in an on-line quilting group. The swap for this hole in the barn door quilt was probably my favorite swap so far. The idea was to send the center square for your block to each swapper, and they make the block in the colorway you request. I asked for a sand colored background and the colors of the ocean. And my centers are turtles that I stamped onto sand colored blocks. I used a twist setting because it reminds me of waves. I really like how it turned out, even if the quilting is a bit inferior.