Saturday, July 24, 2010

Friday Night Sew In Progress and a Few Firsts

It was so nice to make real progress on a project!  I am forever putting myself last and thinking "I'll sew tonight" only to be too tired at the end of the day.  The weather wasn't great here yesterday, so I cheated a little and put in a video or two for the girls, occupying them while I sewed...during the day.  Never happens.

Anyway, I was able to complete my Road to Spring Top and get a pieced backing together, as well as cut the batting.  I am ready to baste.



Still not lovin' it yet, but it is growing on me.  The firsts?  First batik quilt.  I bought a whole bunch of batik fat quarters on sale last year not knowing what I would do with them.  This is my first bloggy quilt-a-long (Thanks Randi!), and I have never done a pieced backing before.



This back just might make me "love it" when it is done.  I'm thinkin' scrappy binding too.  Another first.

When I look at the top I can see it divided into 6 inch squares within the rectangle strips.  I've tried free motion quilting before, without much sucess, but I am going to give it a serious try with this quilt using the book "Free-Motion Quilting Made Easy" by Eva A. Larkin.  She has great step-by-step instructions for quilting simple designs in small sections at a time.  I ought to get plenty of practice on this 50"x60" baby.

All in all a very successful Friday (Day)Night Sew In.  I am going to make an appointment with myself to do this every Friday.  Wish me luck.

Until Next Time,

2 comments:

  1. Great job with your FNSI. Getting to the quilting part is the best. Fun quilt top (and back too! -- i love pieced backed).

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  2. love it! it's giving me ideas with some leftover balipop strips.

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