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Topic: 1st go at machine quilting..baby play mat  (Read 2186 times)
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« on: December 16, 2010 04:24:26 PM »

This project is 99% stash made
I did go and buy the blue bias binding for the edge as I did not have enough of one colour to make 3.6m of binding, and did not want to piece it. The bias binding was 5cm wide.

The front was a lego mat in a former life. It is about a metre across.

I made the backing from bits and pieces.

I cobbled together 6 strips of leftover wadding.
Then I took a deep breath, dropped the feed dogs and machine quilted it.
I used hand-quilting thread because that's all I had.
I used all of my safety pins to hold it together.
First I went along the straight line in the middle. That was ok, so I did some wavy lines. Then I thought, "this is easy!" so I started going around the cats and whales etc. I think it turned out very nicely, and I am giving it to my friend at her baby shower this afternoon!
Mum helped me to sew on the binding because she has a walking foot, and it meant the binding did not have any nasty kinks in it.

« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2010 04:39:27 PM »

aww thats so cute!

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« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2010 05:29:02 PM »

wow that looks amazing and its only your first time? Great job!

« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2010 08:51:40 AM »

This is adorable!  I love the whale fabric.  And good work on making so much from stash!  I wish my stash had fabric as cute as this.

« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2010 07:50:13 PM »

Totally cute! Love your fabric choices and your quilting is great!!!

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« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2010 03:27:14 PM »

Super fantastic!
Machine quilting is hysterically scary the first time, but gets easier  Grin
Love it!

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« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2010 04:49:52 PM »

Thanks for kind comments!
Have gone out and bought a walking foot so next quilt will hopefully involve less terror.
I had to pull really hard to get this one through the needle.

I just read on the Oh Fransson blog that she starts with the quilt at the back and pulls it towards her when freemotion quilting, which seems counter-intuitive to me!

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