Sunday, 8 November 2009

Corners DONE!!

Thanks so much to everyone who helped me with suggestions, cheering me up and urging me on! At one stage I was ready to throw the whole quilt in a corner never to be seen again!

The corners are (finally) fixed... Not being a seamstress (I had not sewn before starting quilting) and not being a natural either (evidently!!) I had great trouble in even inserting straight corners! My friend Alison who is an excellent seamstress, very kindly showed me how to do it.. and if you see it done it looks soooo easy!! As it was I did them, unpicked them, redid them, got it wrong again... you get it... I am just saying as I think there might be poor souls like me sitting there despairing sometimes so now you know.. its hard to do! (for some of us at least...). It also took me a long time as I did not have a lot of time to be near the machine this week so did some handquilting at times instead... Fancy starting the quilting before finishing the top! Now THAT is novel!! lol!!

But done they are and the sides now are straight again! Hurrah!!


I'm so pleased that is finally fixed... That is the good news today.

Another piece of good news is that I did a lot of handquilting and got up to the last bit I could do before I had to get onto the outer border... the end of the blue inner corner;

The not so good news is that the centre applique started fraying more and more and I worried it might not survive a machine wash... SO... having now learned how to do it, I took the centre piece all off and now have to redo it... AS WELL as doing some applique on the square corners to take they eye of it.... So a LOT of additional applique to do.....


So on with the applique I now go... I will leave the label for a bit... I can always handsew that on the ferry with the binding? mmm......

10 comments:

Terrie Sandelin said...

The fix looks great! The quilting is fabulous. This is really a masterpiece quilt!

karen said...

Everything is looking lovely - take a breath and enjoy it.

Susan said...

Oh, it's a stunner, Marguerite! Mum is going to flip over it. I love how it's looking, those flying geese in the variegated blues are just to die for!

You are such a perfectionist and it's going to stand you in good stead as a quilter!

Sarah said...

Well even though it has caused you much anguish and frustration it doesn't show in that amazing quilt. I love it all! The quilting looks fabulous and nice and old fashioned looking. Quilts should look that way. Be proud and don't point out the bad bits to the birthday girl!!

Catherine said...

This is going to look beautiful when its all complete. You've done a fabulous job of fixing it. You have great perserverance.

Lauranie said...

Amazing!! You are doing so well!! I am so impressed with all of the hand quilting!! So much LOVE is going into this!! You should be proud of your accomplishments!!

Lara said...

It's looking amazing! I am just so thankful to know that I am not the only one who spends a great deal of time unpicking... That's how I came to name my blog sew many stitches later! LOL - because I seem to spend more time unpicking than I do sewing! It's all character building and this quilt is going to be treasured for many years to come! It certainly is stitched with love :)

Cathy said...

I cannot believe you have been quilting for such a short time, what you have achieved here is incredible. The corners look great, and hopefully you will get the binding on before the ferry!!! xo

Micki said...

I love your corners and your machine quilting is just superb! What a lovely job!
Micki

Evelyn said...

I meant to comment on this before - I think the center looks pretty cool with the appliqué removed, kinda like you did it on purpose that way. :-) Can't wait to see the next update!