Friday, May 9, 2014

Friday Finishes: It's a Two-fer Day

It's Friday....yeah...well for me it is only hump day, since I work Wednesday to Sunday, but I can work from home on Saturday and Sunday, so that makes those days a little better.  Today I have not one but two finishes!!!!

I didn't have a completed quilt last Friday because I worked on finishing a test quilt top. But over the weekend I loaded my Star Crossed test quilt.  It is a small quilt, because it was made to go on Tucker's dog bed that is under my long arm.  It is also my first quilt using the ruler base and ruler.  I have to be honest, I'm not super fond of using a ruler.  It was very difficult for me to control the machine and hold the ruler steady. But Tucker doesn't mind at all.

It looks better after it was washed, but most of the lines aren't that straight, and I even had some weird places that the machine seemed to catch on a seam and it couldn't get it to work at all.  Here is a close up of one spot that looked ok.   And ok was about as good as this one got and if you look at the small block on the left side you'll see a wiggle in the line.

All in all I'm happy I tried it, and I want to do some more practicing before I totally throw in the towel, but I think I'm going to be more of a free motion girl.

Next up I got Sharla's batik charm quilt, completed this week as well.  Tom and Mecca gave her four charm packs for Christmas 2013 and she decided to just put them together block style.  The colors are very pretty, and we got a multi-color batik for the borders and backing.  I used Signature's Tye Dye thread that was a perfect fit.

I did an all over meander and I will say I did cross over a line, but I'm not pointing it out, and if Sharla complains I'll make her quilt her own tops...hehehe.  I really love the fabric we used for the back on this one, and it is so me.  We had actually picked it out for one of my quilts, but when she got it home and put it next to this one, she just had to have it.  That girl is spoiled, hmmm wonder whose fault that is...I'll just blame Daddy.

I'm not sure why the flash kept going off this morning, I think maybe because it is still cloudy outside. This photo Sharla took with her iPad shows the colors a little better.


  1. I think sewing with a ruler would be pretty difficult, but you did a great job with it. I just love Sharla's quilt!

  2. Both quilts look really beautiful, and that backing fabric is awesome!

    Thanks so much for sharing at Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  3. I don't quilt with a long arm but have recently started using rulers - it seriously takes practice. Where to put your hands, how much pressure to put on the ruler all that jazz. I think the quilt looks really good! Don't give up :) The batik quilt is AMAZING! Front and back - gorgeous!

  4. I really love the backing for the second quilt. Crossed over- oh, no!

  5. I have been wanting to try the rulers. I quilt on my sewing machine. Looks great from here and that backing couldn't be more perfect. Nice job on both of them!

  6. Both are gorgeous. It is nice to hear that you are not going to give up the ruler after just one try. You may end up finding it easier the next time!

  7. Wow, you've been busy this week. That backing is perfect for that quilt --great colours. Thanks for linking up with TGIFF!, Shauna!

  8. Very nice quilting! I am visiting (and just started following your blog) from the new blogger's group :)

  9. Congrats on the finishes. That multi color fabric was perfect to go with the charms. I am also learning how to use rulers, but with a sit down quilting machine.


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