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What Are You Working On Now?   General Discussion

Started 11/19/17 by MarciainMD; 391026 views.

cute.  since it is red it still looks valentine-like unless you look close.  YOu need to make a green one too for March

and definitely more fun than masks!

Slowly but surely it's growing.  I think I want to make another dozen or so flower blocks before I call it done - large lap quilt size - this is about 3 x 4 right now.  The blocks pieced so far include 2 background stars but none of the blocks are connected yet so that I can work on the arrangement of the colors. Considering I started this at least 3 years ago I'm happy with the progress.  I do wish I hadn't decided to piece the background stars, I don't mind the petals but those stars are very time consuming and fiddly - they don't lie flat, even after I worked on re-drafting the template.  The wool mat is helping "press them into submission" pretty well.   This process is stressing my "it has to fit perfectly and lay flat" inclination.  I keep thinking quilting this isn't going to be particularly fun either.  But it does look cool.

As long as the pieces are not too wonkey and not flat you could use a double batting and the puff of that extra will likely fix your problem. It is amazing how strategic quilting can fix tops that do lie flat. I had a customer quilt once where I folded parts of really wonkey blocks and did a stitch in the ditch around them and nobody could tell by looking at it that there was something folded over and the final project was flat.

Your photo is tiny but I bet if you did a double batting and then did some pebbles in the flower centers and radiating lines coming out of the flower petals it would lie flat and beautiful.

This past week I have done the binding on two quilts and have a third one that will get done next week. I also finished a dress I was sewing.

Next week I need to quilt two tops and cut out my 3 kits for the retreat. I am making a large bargello (that one was a total squirrel...........saw it on instagram last week and now I need to make it. A wonkey circle impov and a carpenter wheel. The good thing is that the color theme for all three will be the same...........brown, green and blue. I seem to have a huge amount of brown fabrics in my stash and have decided to go with using some of it this year and I love browns with blues and greens so that I what I am gonna go with. The good thing is that as I pull out my fabrics I can cut for all three quilts at the same time which will hopefully make it easier. No way I will finish 3 tops at retreat but I will have options if I get bored with one.

Hi Ami, not sure if you saw my post about the sewing machine applique quilt that puckered up terribly.  I used the left over batting from what I sent you.  I'm a little nervous now about you using it.  It really shrank A LOT, though I did put it in the dryer.  I'm wishing now I sent you warm & natural as you suggested instead of the pellon brand.  What do you think, will it be ok with the double batting?

I will have a look at the batting when I get it and maybe do a wash test myself on it. How do you usually wash your quilts? 

For my quilts I always dry in a tub and do not agitate them much. Then I air dry them flat. I will put utility quilts (bed and throw quilts) in the washer but also dry those flat as well. 

When you lie quilts flat it is easy to kinda block them into shape if they need it.

I guess I will call you once I see what the batting is and know what I am planning on doing with the quilting as well.

I guess the bottom line for me is that my batting never gets put in a dryer when I wash quilts so have never had to deal with shrinkage from batting except for just the water part.

I don't tend to use batting much, I'm always using fleece, even Marion's quilt was backed with fleece.  That was my mistake on that applique one, I treated it like fleece, including the drying.  The one you are doing I definitely would dry it flat so it may be fine.  And since it will be a wall quilt it won't be washed often.


From: Midkid5


Does anyone know the formula to figure what height your cutting table should be at? 

I know what I'm using now is to low and it's causing issues.


Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)


My table is at 29" but I do find myself leaning over at a "half bend" so that if I am cutting for a long time, my lower back does feel it.  However, if you bend your elbows at 90°, that's too high!

I found this but I don't agree.  It says the height of your arm when bent, but if mine was that high my shoulders hurt.  Mine is about 3 inches lower.