With lots of pics (clickable for larger view). I finished my beach quilt, and wanted to show you how badly it all went, lol - misery loves company! I'm keeping it anyway, and plan to embellish it.
This pic was about the truest on the colors. As I said in my previous post, I used the spray adhesive and tulle on top. I started to quilt the waves, using my walking foot, and it wasn't going well - things were shifting. I decided the only way to do this would be free-motion, something I've tried and never been successful at. I started with the sand.
I was having a BLAST! This was hugely fun. I was totally impressed with myself until....the thread broke. And broke. And broke again. It turned into a battle of wills.
When I finally got to the sky, I was frustrated beyond belief. I scribbled with abandon, not even caring how it looked, just trying to stick things down with the thread. It's a real good thing the telephone didn't ring just then.
Can you see the knots? Where the thread nested up and broke? Seems like every few inches it was happening. I was using rayon thread, I have it in every color for my machine embroidery - maybe that's why it was breaking, I don't know. I scoured the internet for clues and tips, did everything I was told, and still......sigh.
Here's the back:
Pretty awful. I'm looking at this as a total learning experience, and one I probably won't repeat. I did finish the water with the walking foot, by this time I had no control over where the needle was going.
I also did things different on the binding.
Mary had done a quilt where she sewed the binding to the back first, then brought it around and finished it with a small zigzag on the front. So I tried it and it worked a treat! It's not as straight as I would like but you don't want to know my frame of mind by then. This thing was lucky it didn't end up out the window. But for all the trouble I had with it, I still like it, and will still embellish it - I need to add some yarn for the kites, buttons on the houses, sea shells and whatever else I find.
In other news, Midge has been at it again.....
She sent me another wonderful, soft, luxurious pair of wristwarmers. Oh they are amazing - and I had to threaten to cut Sam's hair to get them back from him. Midge, you are a darling!!!!