And the quilting begins… if a little slowly

Today my plan was to get going with the quilting on my new quilt Blue Leaves / View from my Window (title still undecided!). First however, I had to decide on what quilting style would suit my quilt; I thought this would be an easy process and that by mid-morning I would be well on my way to – at least feeling like I was – completing my quilt.

Not so… Most of my morning was taken up with trying out various stitches, first by hand and then by machine; different lengths, different styles, etc. I’m sure many other quilters are conversant with this problem… but sometimes you just have to try different things just to find out what works. And sometimes that can take up a lot of time.

In the end I’ve decided to ditch hand quilting in favour of using my sewing machine. I’ve chosen something quite simple: straight lines, both horizontal and vertical, in small but clearly visible stitches. Given the design of the patchwork blocks within the quilt, I think this quilting will emphasise the parts I wish to highlight.

It hasn’t been the most productive of days… but on the plus side, I now know what I’m doing and I’ve managed to… (ta-dah!) complete one block… Yay! Now I ‘just’ have the other 18 to do…

I’m hoping to steal a moment or two this weekend when the family are busy doing their thing to do a bit more sewing… It’s been one of those long weeks where my head has been full of thoughts and worries, so carving out a little ‘time out’ – in this case in the form of some sewing time – can only be a good thing. Do let me know if you have a ‘time out’ activity and what you do – as always, I love to read your comments, so please share your thoughts with me by leaving a comment below.

Here’s wishing you all a pleasant weekend.

Mel x

 

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Melony Patch

Patchwork quilter into all things crafty and homely, and with an interest in mental well-being.

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