|Finished Cheater Cloth Sample, After Washing|
So when I took this project off the frame and flipped it over, I saw two problems that would have been a big bummer if this was a "real" quilt.
Yucky Number One: EVIL EYELASHES INDICATIVE OF TERRIBLE TENSION TRAUMA!
Yucky Number Two: Pleats From Too Much Backtracking
|See That Horizontal Tuck?|
So I trimmed the excess fabric and batting away...
...And I serged the edges with a 3-thread overlock. I wanted to be able to assess the quilting after washing the piece, but wasn't going to bother with binding it. Serging the edges was faster and easier.
|3 Thread Overlock In Lieu of Binding|
After a tumble through my washer and dryer, the practice quilt has a nice, snuggly, bumpy texture. Despite fairly dense quilting throughout, it still has a nice drape to it, too. It almost looks like a real quilt, doesn't it?! I feel like I'm almost ready to put a REAL pieced quilt top on my frame next.
I've got a handful of free motion patterns that I feel comfortable with now, and I got much better at quilting straight lines with my ruler by the time I got to the bottom of the practice piece. I just have to go REALLY SLOWLY and concentrate on what I'm doing and I should be fine with stitching in the ditch on a real quilt. I might even get brave enough to use monofilament thread in the ditches and then my oopses will be even less obvious.
My math quilt is next in line to be loaded onto my longarm frame, and I haven't decided how I'm quilting it yet. Do I stitch in the ditches with my ruler and then add free motion fills, or do I attempt a simple edge to edge pantograph? I'm leaning towards the pantograph, because I know I'll want to do something more custom on my bear paw quilt.
Here are a few parting shots of the cheater cloth quilt:
|My Favorite Star|
|Way Too Much Quilting On This Star!|
This cheater cloth project was definitely not a waste of time (or thread), but I think it's time to try a real quilt now, don't you? I just won't get to it until sometime next week, though. Meanwhile I've got some hand sewing here with me at the hospital.
Have a fantastic weekend, everyone!
I'm linking up with Esther's WIPs on Wednesday.