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Monday, April 30, 2012

Feeling Loopy....

Over the weekend I did a bit of basting....


For years I only hand basted.  But with machine quilting and the discovery of safety pins - I have converted from hand basting to pin basting {sort of}.   Hand basted stitches get in the way with Free Motion Quilting - they get caught in the foot and pull.  Yikes!


Most of the time, I actually use a combination of basting techniques.  I usually lightly spray with temporary {basting} adhesive and then pin baste.  I like the smoothness of the basting spray, but I don't trust it completely to hold my quilt in place until I am finished quilting.  Crazy right????

I did decide with this quilt to take Nicke's suggestion....she said I deserved a quick finish....I like that thinking :)

This will be a shoppe sample so I used my usual Denyse Schmidt Loopy Quilting Design...hee hee!
It is very simple.  The most difficult part is keeping the lines of loops straight....

    
To keep my lines straight - I use masking tape to mark my stitching line.  

  
   Normally, I move the tape with each line of stitching....but last night I did a couple of rows without the tape and had a bit of an oops....a little drifting at the end of a row.


But I decided it wasn't critical enough to unpick all those stitches!
For the back of this quilt I am using a fantastic organic fabric - new to the shoppe!


cleverly pieced had to piece a top spotted border on the back.  When I cut the fabric I did not take into account that the flowers had stems and a direction.  Another oops! 
But maybe it was a happy accident....I love this spot fabric with the floral.


I am quilting with Gutermann 100% cotton in Natural....in both the top and bobbin threads.

Happy Monday All!
mary

21 comments:

Michelle said...

Wow - it's beautiful! And I love the quilting. I may have to practice that loop for next time I machine quilt!

Melanie said...

It's so beautiful! I especially love the quilting. I think it's perfect for this quilt. Great job!

Nicky said...

This is looking fantastic Mary - I can see how you keep your lines straight but your loops are also standing up to attention!

Laura said...

Love, love, love! :)

Emily said...

I'm obsessed with this quilt, but I'm terrified to try it myself! Is it going to be on the class schedule any time soon?

Marit said...

Thank you for sharing so much about your basting.
What a beautiful quilt! Love the contrast of the perfect triangles and the lively loops...

; )

Live a Colorful Life said...

I have looked at this DS pattern so many times. Your quilt is just wonderful! I think the basting is the worst part of quilting. But I like your combo of spray/pinning. I'm determined to sandwich some quilts together this week--maybe a marathon session to get it over and done with, to move on to the fun part of the actual quilting.

Archie the wonder dog said...

It's stunning!!

Patchwork and Play said...

Love the contrast between the fabric points and the quilting loops! Brilliant! The backing fabrics are gorgeous! And of course I love those spots! Amazing!!

Molly said...

I love all your quilts. Even the ones that are someone else's pattern, take on a different quality when you do them. Somehow, you make them your own.

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

So beautiful! I just tried spray basting for the first time the other day and I had to use all my will not to pin it too!! It worked out ok though I do love pin basting! I got so sick of moving them when I was doing fmq and it certainly makes quilting much easier, I think I might stick to the spray (when I can afford to!) xxx

Cardygirl said...

Just lovely Mary...love the loops!

Carla said...

Once again, I have caught my breath. So beautiful. So the bottom of the loop sits on the tape for each row?

Rachaeldaisy said...

Yay It's fabulous!!!! Loopy Loops are so perfect on this quilt!! I've never tried the basting spray, I worry that somehow everything would stick to the wrong bits, but I like the idea of a light spray and still pinning.

selfsewn said...

loving your loops and your oops!

Jo @ a life in lists said...

Lovely quilt! And lovely quilting. I wish I was a more confident machine quilter.

judith lockhart said...

Really nice quilt! I've been watching your progress and it just looks great!! I like the loops for the quilting, too.

Carla said...

When my daughter, Megan, quilted her first (and only) quilt last year, the loop is what she chose. It turned out really cute....and we didn't even know that it was a DS cool kinda thing to do!! :)

**nicke... said...

oh mary! it is so beautiful! seriously so so beautiful! i am so glad you machine quilted it. i bet it feels so good to have it done! thanks for mentioning me. it made me smile!

Char said...

I usually use basting spray and sometimes pin the edges. I also use Gutermann. Recently I purchased some Aurifil I've used it once and its nice I don't think I like it better than Gutermann.

beth lehman said...

i LOVE your quilting loops... i'll have to give it a try!