Quilting With Rulers: Part 5

This is part 5 of a 6-part series from Lori Baker on Quilting With Rulers. In case you missed them, here are part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4.


April 28, 2018

With deadlines looming, I spent the entire day sewing my Halloween quilt. I can’t show you the quilt but I can show you one of the fabrics I’m using. Isn’t this just the cutest? It’s from a collection called Woodland Haunt by Deborah Edwards for Northcott.

Halloween Fabric

Halloween Fabric

April 29, – May 1, 2018

As graduation day (May 13th) gets closer and closer, I’ve put quilting with rulers aside for a few days to concentrate on the quilt for my granddaughter.

The top is done but I won’t show any photos, just in case she reads this.

Now I’m making the back of her quilt. I love to make pieced backs. The back for my granddaughter’s quilt has many orphan blocks in it. The aqua and white checkerboard repeated in random places gives a cohesive look to the back of the quilt.

Here are the first three rows of the back of the quilt.

Pieced Quilt Back

Pieced Quilt Back

May 2, 2018

Tonight, I just had to work with quilting with rulers. How can I write about it for a blog series if I’m not actually doing it?

There are 40-some blocks on this whole-cloth sampler that I’m quilting with rulers. I had in mind quilting a whole lot more tonight but things didn’t go well.

I started with two blocks like this. Quilting them worked just fine.

Tilted Squares

Tilted Squares

I stitched clamshells next and quickly realized I have a lot to learn. The first thing is that I need to mark a little so the top and bottom sets of clamshells start and end each time in the same place. But it isn’t awful. It’s a short piece – about 6” long. I think if it were longer, I’d get better.

Clamshells

Clamshells

Then I moved on to these little baskets of flowers. And this is where things really started to go amok.

Baskets

Baskets

First, I didn’t stitch the loops right in the bottom block. I’ll have to take one of them out and redo.

And I didn’t do the base of the basket the same in both blocks. I’m not going to take that out. I think that when the whole quilt is quilted, it won’t be objectionable. I should have looked at the instructions one more time.

Then, my machine didn’t seem to like to stitch when I was moving the fabric toward me. It skipped stitches and even broke the thread several times.

But the final straw was the black spot of oil just above the center of the bottom block. I stopped sewing and cleaned the part of my machine above the needle where I found traces of black oil. And I quit for the night. I always tell myself that sewing/quilting is my hobby. It’s supposed to be fun and when it isn’t, it’s time to take a break.

So much for my plan of quilting 10 squares this week. I hope next week will be better. But I have to finish the graduation quilt first. Stay tuned.

A Sewing Guide

A Sewing Guide

Before I sew again, I’ll change the needle, rethread the machine, check the bobbin and do a thorough cleaning. That generally helps when sewing machines are unhappy. If you don’t have a good resource for troubleshooting when your machine is not cooperating, the A to Z of Sewing may help.

And here is a class that talks about how to decide what design to quilt on your project. That’s one of the hard things for me … figuring out what to quilt.

Until next time, happy quilting,
Lori

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