I’ve heard quilters complain that the quilting blog-land is all puppies and rainbows and beautifully finished quilts. Where is the process? Where are the mistakes? Well, here you go. I’m going to be pouring blood, sweat and tears over this one.
I recently made this oh so soft Anna Maria Horner “Little Folks” voile Scrappy Trip Around the World top. It is like butter in my hands. I have heard that voile is a nightmare to quilt, but I thought if I spray-basted it thoroughly and did straight-line quilting with my walking foot, that I would be a-ok. I was SO wrong!
First, it took me over an hour to spray baste. My batting is not quite big enough (it’s hitting the edge of my quilt in places). I thought I could fudge it, but the voile needs that bit of extra length. I kept having to smooth it and smooth it and finally it was a nice, smooth quilt sandwich that didn’t overhang the edges of the batting, so I decided to go for it.
I began machine quilting diagonal lines through the squares and I got about 7 lines in, when the quilt began torquing and rumpling. Frustrated, I packed it away for the night and went to bed.
When I did look at it again this morning, I realized that I am really NOT happy with how machine quilting looks on a voile quilt. I think if I echoed the seams, it would look better, but the diagonal stitching lines look like sharp knife cuts and it distracts from the softness of the fabric. It also made the quilt quite stiff. I think I am going to have to breakdown and hand-quilt this puppy.
Does anyone have any ideas for hand-quilting something quickly (so it’s done THIS year)? I’m thinking just some straight lines in Wonderfil Spagetti (my friend, Ramona, showed me a sample of this thread and it is SO amazing).
Til we meet again, quilt…til we meet again.
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