You've seen my Graffiti quilt once before, but it wasn't bound, and I wasn't sure exactly what I would do with it. Well, I decided to take it for Show 'n Tell to this past Tuesday's guild meeting, so I had to bind it. Of course, when I laid it down on the floor to take a picture, this happened:
|Not as big as I normally require, Sandra...|
|If I can just grab this side, maybe I can roll myself up in it...|
and then, "Well, since she's got that black thing in front of her face, I may as well strike a pose..."
|Note the one foot angled out with pointed toes - this is a new one|
Like most quilters with cats, they have to get involved in every step of the process, from pulling out fabric, to lolling about on the finished product. Ahem, or in the finished product:
Or making sure your 1/4" seams are precise, (note the one squinty eye just to
|Great vantage point, and besides I look SO utterly adorable, she'll finally pay me some attention|
But back to the Graffiti quilt. I've had two spots where my Avanté hiccups or bobbles since we set it up for the 10' table (the person I bought it from had it at 6'). I was also suddenly having some tension issues as well. In order to solve the problems, I threw in some muslin to try out Karlee Porter's Graffiti quilting, with various threads, and to find exactly where the bobbles occurred so my husband, "MacGyver", could do the adjusting. I even got him to quilt a bit so he would feel how it grabbed, or sort of jumped into a kind of rut and then back out. And thus the Graffiti quilt was born. We finally were able to get everything nearly tickety-boo, just a teensy little spot where there was a wiggle.
Lots of people commented that I should bind it and hang it in my sewing room, and so I have done. I used some leftover fabric from my Yoga Mat Bag. You will never see the back, as some parts ain't so purty as I worked through some tension issues, ripped some, left some. But I love it, and it serves to show me that I can do this, and I can persevere until I get the right tension and the smoothness I want...and the precision will come with continued practice. I'll never be as precise as Angela Walters or Gina Perkes (wow) but I also know I'll never be as good a yogi as Kino McGregor or David Robson. But if I am happy with my results, that's all that matters.
|Sewed the binding to the back and machine top-stitched it down on the front with Sulky Holoshimmer in bright green - love the bling!|
I've since hung it on my wall, er, plastic vapour barrier in my sewing corner of the basement.
Pattern: Graffiti quilting practice
Size: 42.25" X 15.5"
Fabric: unbleached muslin front and back, binding is Winter Wonderland by In the Beginning Fabrics
Batting: Warm 'n Natural
Quilted: on my Avanté, Avril
Threads: Floriani Fufu's Rayons, Isacord and Sulky Holoshimmer
Hope you will hop, bound, or sashay (if you're like my diva, Bella), or canter on over to Lily Pad Quilting and check out all the entries. You can read about my dog on quilt entry featuring Naala here. You can vote here. Bella is #34. Naala is #57.
I will also link up this finish to Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday, TGIFF and Confessions of a Fabric Addict. Oooh, in celebration of a million(!!) page views, Sarah is having a pretty sweet giveaway. Better hop over there and check 'er out.