Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Sister's Choice 4

After making extremely slow progress on my sister's quilt, there was a flurry of activity at the weekend and now I'm almost there!

I finished the top:

 And pieced the back:

And boldly decided, since I was on a roll, to attempt pin basting.

This wasn't as hard as I thought and while it was on the floor, everything seemed to be staying tight and taught.  I'm not going to lie though, it is pretty uncomfortable and takes much longer than spray basting.

However, I have always felt as though spraying was cheating a little bit and really wanted to know how to do this.  Spray basting also creates a LOT of fumes and it is too cold to have the window open, further adding to my motivation to do this.

I also started quilting it and it was here the problems started.  All my basting seems to be moving (how is this even possible? It was sooooo tight on the floor) and my blooming machine wanted to play tension Cluedo (exceptionally boring game involving unpicking a lot of really dreadful sewing, making minute adjustments to the tension searching desperately for the setting which agrees with the thread and finding nothing makes it better).

In the end, I decided to start the quilting again using better quality thread in another colour. This is sewing like a dream!

Linking up with Work in Progress Wednesday and Lee at Freshly Pieced:

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

2014 Pantone Quilt Challenge: Radiant Orchid


  1. Your fabric choices are so beautiful! I LOVE the pieced backing! What a fun idea! I really want to quilt mine as your are yours, but I have not gotten the free motion thing down yet! Yours looks amazing!

  2. Love the colors in your quilt and the back is fantastic! Amazing what thread quality can do for the FMQ experience! Thread and needles are not a place I will pinch pennies, it's just not worth the frustration ;)

  3. I am really loving this! What thread did you end up using? You go girlfriend...

  4. Your quilt looks great! I love the colors and the quilting will look nice. Great color choice. That backing is just amazing. Love the text print.

  5. I love love love the colors you used on this quilt and that back is just awesome. Especially the large cream text print.

  6. sorry to hear about your frustrations quilting- but glad it's going better now!

  7. beautiful quilt. I love the color palette!

    Thank you so much for sharing at Needle and Thread Thursday! I'd love for you to add a button or a link back!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  8. Your quilt is lovely. I really like the fabrics, including the black/white backing fabric.