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Sunday, January 06, 2008

Oops and a Finish

On the advice of every single comment, I added the borders to the braid without changing it. I heard once that if three people you trust give you the same advice you should heed it. Well, I heard the same thing from thirteen people who know what they are talking about, so it was an easy decision. I also got several reasons for doing it that way in case anyone asks. Thanks everyone.


I finished quilting Merry Sunshine this morning. When I took it off the frame I discovered that the last bit hadn't been sewn properly. When I changed the thread, I didn't put it in the tension disks properly. Hint: If your sewing machine sounds a bit off, it probably is. Rather than put it back on the frame, I did that bit on my regular machine. I thought it was easier, since it was near the edge. Doing it on my regular machine reminded me how much easier it is on the frame. The most time-consuming part of quilting this one was changing thread all the time. Since you can only do about a six inch or less strip at a time, you can see how many thread changes there were. The upside is that I am now much faster at threading that machine. It was a great chance to practise different free motion stitches. Some were more successful than others , but since I am still at the learning stage, I will not stress about the less than perfect areas.

14 comments:

Quilt Pixie said...

you're not alone at not listening when your machine is trying to tell you something :-)

Exuberant Color said...

Somehow I missed your Sat. post. I'm glad you didn't undo any of the braids. It looks great as is.

katelnorth said...

I like it the way it is, too, Joyce. Although I think I prefer it hung the way it was in the first post, rather than this way - for waht that's worth :)

atet said...

I really like the braids as they are -- they're lovely! And Mary Sunshine looks simply amazing. What great ways to start the new year!

meggie said...

Hey, remember, "Finished IS Pefect"
I should be so lucky!! haha.

Ali Honey said...

So glad you didn't change it. Wow the light reflective quality is amazing.

It is telling me, 'if your cool head on down. if your hot rise up!' I love it.

Denise said...

PERFECT PERFECT PERFECT! Love your work!

Denise

Libby said...

Fantastic!

Pam said...

I like the way it looks -- the light and dark is spread out and takes your eye around the entire quilt. If they are all going in the same directions you have the dark all together -- I think I like your mistake much better then the original design. Must have been a subconscious colour choice on your part :)))

Judy said...

You just never stop, do you?!!!! I love both quilts...glad you left the braid quilt as you had originally sewn it.
Oh, and by the way: You have received a "You Make My Day" award from me. Please check my blog for details.

xo

anne bebbington said...

Joyce I love your braid quilt and would never have noticed the chevrons run in different directions if you hadn't mentioned it - it's beautiful just as it is

Rose Marie said...

I love your braid quilt and when I first saw it, thought it was the design to have some of the braids placed in the opposite direction. So, for an oops, it's perfect and the colours just jump out. Your sunshine quilt is such fun!

cher said...

what a fabulous quilt- I just love it, but then, I love bright cheery quilts and this one rocks! I know it's a late comment-however, I am always running late it seems in reading blogs

Suze said...

Merry Sunshine is pure joy..........