Tuesday, June 26, 2012

How Do I Love Thee

I'm working on my gumdrops quilt. It has never been a particular favorite top of mine, so I figured it would be perfect to practice quilting on. So far I've quilted 24 motifs. I'm not sure what I will be doing in the blocks with the circles yet.

designs marked with blue washout pen

quilted with pale yellow thread

I used a light grey contrasting thread for the back. Normally I pick thread to blend in with the back so mistakes won't show, but seeing as this is my test quilt with my Juki I wanted everything (good or bad) to be visible. I'm quite pleased so far. Still find it a bit challenging to follow lines, but it's getting better. I force myself to stop at points to readjust my hands. It seems I was only remembering to change hand position in the middle of a flowing curve, which doesn't help. Lots of good practice space on this quilt. I'm thinking of trying out different small scale fills in the areas around the motifs.

How do I love thee Juki after only 5 days? Let me count the ways......you are a dream for piecing, free motion quilting is tension headache free and you don't even show the hint of a quiver in the stitching going over bulky seams when doing stitch in the ditch. There will be more praises sung of this machine in the future.


I am linking up for WIP Wednesday at the Needle and Thread Network and also at Freshly Pieced. If you have a moment, drop by and see some of the beautiful works in progress in blogland!

Happy Stitching
corina

18 comments:

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Great looking quilting...love your colours in this quilt.

Melissa said...

Your quilting looks amazing! Keep up the good work :)

Patti Shanks said...

Your quilting is wonderful! Practice does make perfect.

Mary Ann said...

How could you not like this quilt? It's gorgeous...the colours and stitching....I love it:)

heather said...

The colors are great. Good job on the quilting!

pegsplace said...

Wow! So nice! I for one love your gumdrop quilt! I'm sure that whether is stays in the den or on the guestbed or even gifted that it will be appreciated!

felicity said...

Looks like you and Juki are getting along very well! Lovely, lovely quilting!!

Thanks for linking up to WIP Wednesday and have a great week!

Nita said...

That is a beautiful, beautiful quilt. You should be so proud and happy!

Jen said...

Looking good! Where did you get the motifs? Glad you are loving your Juki :)

PrairiePeasant said...

Your quilting looks wonderful, and I love the colours in your quilt.

Sandra :) said...

I love the colours in gumdrops - very fun and candy-y! I'm glad you're enjoying and still loving your machine - you must be having a blast playing!

Elaine said...

what beautiful quilting!

Becky said...

Your quilting looks amazing!!

Kit Lang said...

This is going to be gorgeous!

supermomnocape said...

You're certainly putting your new Juki through her paces. Your FMQing is beautiful!

a good yarn said...

It's a gorgeous quilt and your motifs look just fine. Glad your Juki is bringing you joy.

Sheila said...

Lovely quilt and your quilting is really great !

Regina said...

Lovely quilt and great quilting - I loooove my Juki too!