Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Blue & Oranges Square Quilt Finshed.

I finished the binding on my Blue and Orange Square quilt last night. Looks pretty hot from this angle hey?

But not so hot when straight on and the artiness of a fancy angle can't hide the flaws I see. The drag down in the middle row, ekkk! The suggestion of going down and then rotating the quilt for the next line to go down in the opposite direction, for me, that just didn't work. Most of the quilting here is sewing down to the bottom, few reverse stitches, snip, then taking the quilt back up to the top, sewing down to the bottom, repeat, repeat, repeat! If I had gone for a good old boring stipple I would have been in love with this but I thought straight stitching would be so easy. Next time I try it I won't go for white sashing where it looks so obvious! Increasing my stitch length to 3.5 from 3 did help though and also supporting the quilt more instead of letting it drap, that also helped. Thank you for those wise comments blog readers!


These were two of my favourite blocks.... Well now to turn my attention back to my swirling quilting that I haven't touched since here.

9 comments:

domoshar said...

It is a lovely quilt!

The flaw can be a nice effect actually - it looks as if you pieced slightly curved pieces. It is all in the point of view.

PS For intense quilting I bast the quilt with needle and thread. Oh, and if it is a rectangular, any flaw is an effect. If it is not - you just square the corners before binding ;)

Cass said...

Embrace the wonk Helen, embrace the wonk. Chant it to yourself.

NorahS said...

Fabulous quilt!

KateKwiltz said...

I still think it looks fantastic! It has CHARACTER! :)

Hedgehog said...

This is lovely - we always see the flaws in our own work, but no one else does. I love the combination of orange and blue - they're the colors of the Post here!

carol said...

Don't be so hard on yourself! I think this quilt is marvelous!

PioneerValleyGirl said...

These blocks (some of my favorites) look great in the blue-orange -- and I totally hear your frustration with the quilting, but I know when someone's curled up with the quilt, they'll just be appreciating it

Kate said...

The quilt looks fantastic! and you wont even notice when its flung over the couch or you're snuggled under it. Its probably just not one that you'd hang on the wall coz it would bug you. But sounds like you've worked out what went wrong. Don't let this put you off trying again. Its such a cool effect.

By the way, did you know that apperantly the Amish used to deliberately put a "mistake" in their quilts to show their humility that they weren't perfect? Just say it was deliberate:)

Kit Lang said...

I love the quilt - so bright and fresh! And as for the uneveness - no quilt is supposed to be perfect - that's how you know it's hand made (and how you know it's value!) ;)