Sunday, 26 July 2020

Making preparations

Last week when I cut the batting for the Plaid-ish 2 quilt, I thought while the batting roll was out from its storage place under the bed, I should cut the batting for the nine other quilts that are waiting to be quilted.  As you can see, my "to be quilted" pile is getting a bit high, the next task will be to cut backing fabric or make backings then sandwich and baste them ready for quilting.


A couple of weeks ago I signed up for an online machine quilting class, I'm hoping it will give me the motivation to get all of those quilts finished.  There are six lessons with video tutorials and a workbook, the first lesson has introduced us to the basics so we could prepare our quilt sandwiches ready for the free motion quilting next week. I always knew all those fat quarters of solids that I bought would come in handy one day, although the colour combinations are not that wonderful in some of them.

  

My daffodils seem to think that winter is almost over, the days might be getting longer but there is still another month to go.  I think there are over 24 buds this year, they will make a lovely bright spot of colour in the garden once they all flower.


The weekend wouldn't be complete without a little baking, this time I made Caramel Slice, it is quite rich so best served in small portions. Next time I will bake the slice in a slightly larger tin so the ratio of caramel to biscuit base is more even.  


8 comments:

  1. Whoa! What a pile 'o quilts! Here, I have previously felt guilty about having three tops ready to be quilted. How kind of you to thoughtfully make me feel better! Ha! So you're planning to quilt them on your domestic machine? I hope your lessons prove worthwhile. Who is teaching you? Should you encounter any problems, please don't hesitate to drop me an email. I've taught quilting classes many times, and might be able to get you out of a spot, especially if you don't have someone to talk with through the lessons. Oh gosh, but your slice looks divine. Just one piece would be plenty for me. I dare not make sweets for only the two of us, especially during this pandemic when I'm not with others whom I can share with!

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  2. Wow! You've got your work cut out for you Pip. Still best way to get it done is to have them prepared. I own a Bluprint class ( or two) but one I like is with Christa Watson. I have done a few charity quilts with her wavy lines quilting. So easy, and looks very effective. I agree with Linda about the slice. Too, too, sweet for me. Lucky you guys can eat this....I wish I could!

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  3. Good luck with the machine quilting! I’ve never regretted taking my time to learn the basics of FMQ. Although it’s usually poor basting that causes me issues! Yummo to that Caramel Slice! I wouldn’t be able to stop at eating one!

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  4. The bars look divine and would not last a day around here. Looks like a great pile of quilts to practice your machine quilting on. And "finished is better than perfect"!

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  5. Oh Pip - why did you show us the Caramel Slice!!! I used to make this quite often when our three were young ones, not 45 to 50yr olds, but I can almost taste them looking at the screen - this is my baking for the weekend. Good luck with the online quilting classes. Our garden blooms here are earlier than would normally be the case, ? global warming.

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  6. I wish you all the best with your FWQ classes. I took a one day workshop long ago and have been free motion quilting ever since. It takes practice to get the speed of your machine and the speed that your hands are moving so your stitches are not too big or too small. I learned that polyester batting in quilts are hard to free motion because the polyester is slippery and therefore the top and bottom fabrics can easily shift. I always use a batting that is mostly cotton like warn & natural or Hobbs. I started out doing meander stitching and only did that for a long time before I ventured out to other designs that I was comfortable with. Make sure you have a pair of gloves that will grip the fabric so it moves. I started out using gloves for washing dishes - I would just cut them off at the wrists. Years later I found gloves that are more like a work glove with fabric on the back. The quilting gloves that are sold are too expensive and the work gloves are cheaper. One last tip is that you need a flat surface to quilt on. Your machine needs to be at the same level as the surrounding work surface. Let me know if you have any questions and I will be glad to help. It will be so wonderful to get all those quilts done!

    I have never seen Caramel Slice. It looks fabulous! I will have to google to see if I can find a recipe.

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  7. Just LOOKING at your Caramel Slice makes me put on pounds! Yikes!

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  8. It looks like you're ready for your class and plan to keep practicing afterwards. Good thinking!!

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