Saturday, July 14, 2007

Transitions

Hello everyone. Whew still not much sewing going on in my world because my life is minor (very minor) turmoil and I can't seem to get myself to focus on anything much. I've pretty much decided to leave my job. I plan to give notice on Monday, although depending on how they react it will be open-ended notice and I'll probably be there for more than two more weeks. The catch of course is that I don't know where I go from here. I just know I need to be done with this, and I'm taking the prerogative of being 25 and more carefree than I will ever be again to just step out in faith and see what happens.

Anyway, for the most part my sewing time has been spent hand quilting the ginormous Trip Around the World or machine quilting this:

geesbend

Yes, you read that right, machine quilting - my first attempt. I am using polar fleece as a combined backing/batting meaning that I don't have to worry about batting separating and could probably get away with really minimal quilting, but I want to do some for the sake of strengthening the top. And since my new-to-me (it's 17 years old) machine has a walking foot I decided to give it a go. Since I'm not too familiar with the whole walking foot thing, I'm just making it up as I go along. The stitch length is really erratic, but I think I might just be pulling the quilt to much.

The good news is, I don't care at all how the quilting LOOKS on this, and in fact poor quilting will fit in better with the rest of the quilt than good quilting would. The top was sewn almost entirely from untrimmed scraps pulled fairly randomly from the scrap box. The only bit I cut is the black. When some of the seams were close to pulling out because of fraying fabric I reinforced them by whip stitching in embroidery floss - very visible. When the top didn't lay flat - because it did not come CLOSE to laying flat, I took darts and used more embroidery floss. I basically broke every quilt rule in the book, but it's been super fun and makes me love it even more!

6 comments:

michael5000 said...

LOVE the scrappy little number! Very vibrant and fun. Surprised you are having trouble with stitch length, though; that's exactly what a walking foot is supposed to take care of....?

Kathleen said...

Rules? Rules were made to be broken! That's a lovely quilt - bright and cheery.

Good luck with your transition, too. A bit scary, but also very exciting.

Rebel said...

The quilt top looks cool, the colors are great.

Good luck on the job transition.

Stefanie said...

I just love your sense of color. Going your own way and not worrying about rules helps develop your own style. Good luck with the job woes, hopefully something better comes along.

jovaliquilts said...

What a fun quilt! I really like how playful it is.

Changing jobs -- wow. It's a big deal, but I think you're absolutely right that 25 is a good age to be doing stuff like that. Good luck!

Cheri

Samantha said...

You should name it your rebel quilt since you broke all heh rules ;-) It looks like such a fun quilt!

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