Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Slow and Steady

I thought I would take the slow and steady route while quilting O'Cherries. You know what I'm like when I get to the quilting stage...scared silly! In fact, I did all the straight line quilting first (as you all recommended) and then I proceeded to sew in all my loose ends.

Procrastinating? Just a bit.

Yesterday afternoon, I sat at the sewing machine and told myself, "Just try one of those feather wreaths and see how it goes." I fully expected to spend the rest of the afternoon ripping out stitches.

But, you know what? It was easier than I expected.


So much easier, in fact, that I stitched all twelve feather wreaths.

Here is a view of the back. I think it looks so nice on the back because there isn't any of that blue ink to get in the way of the design.


And then I moved onto the borders.


I got two out of the four borders quilted before I realized that I hadn't finished all my school work (and that I didn't have another day off boo hoo). I had to put the quilting away and complete the final evaluation for my student teacher.


I can't wait to finish the last two borders and put the binding on this baby. I always get excited when I'm that close to being done. The finished product is really my favourite part of sewing and quilting. Don't get me wrong - I love the process too.

But looking at something and knowing that I made it is so very satisfying.

This post is linked to Fabric Tuesday on Quilt Story. Come and have a look!

14 comments:

Leanne said...

Your quilting is beautiful! I love the wreaths!

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

It looks lovely, Rachel. What did you use to transfer your quilting design?

Rachel said...

You are much braver than I! I can't even bring myself to attempt anything besides straight line quilting.

A Girl said...

Beautiful!

Victoria @ BUMBLE BEANS said...

YEAH!!!! YIPPEEEE! good for you!!!
it's going to be beautiful when it's done! I used to hate feathers! now I love them! just gotta do them, to learn them!

Gene Black said...

Those wreathes are amazing. Do you do that on your regular machine?

Sew Many Mamas said...

Beautiful! You did that on your machine? How??? Any tricks? Inquiring minds need to know! I feel like my quilting looks "heavy" and sloppy when it's more than one line of stitching. Yours looks so neat and clean!!!

Thimbleanna said...

Ohmygosh! Your wreaths look perfect! I'm so impressed -- you brave, brave girl! Maybe someday, inspired by your words that it's not as hard as it seems, I'll actually try it. Bravo Ms. Rachel, BRAVO!!!

Riel Nason said...

Look at you go! Great quilting!!!

Pokey said...

Wow, Rachel, thanks for the share of how much you enjoyed the sewing! It sometimes is surprising what we can do, and when we see others during their learning process, it's inspiring.
:-}pokey

Pam said...

How beautiful. Please share with us how you did that. Please, Please

Sara said...

Great job!!! I knew you could do it.

Tangos Treasures said...

Love it!! Great job!!!

Kristen said...

I love those wreaths! Enjoy your quilt!