Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Strange things we do

Here's another Little Quilt I was working on over ten years ago. It got to where it was ready to quilt ( in those days I hand quilted everything), and then ended up in the UFO pile. Then some years later I bought a walking foot to go with my old Bernina and decided to try it there and then. So with no practice I grabbed the first thing I had ready and started quilting in the ditch. It was a dreadful job and even worse... I didn't change my bobbin! The backing is black and the bobbin thread was light blue/grey. What was I thinking?


What a shocking job.... I only can talk about it because it seems like a lifetime away and done by another person. So when I was looking for something to sit with the other day I started to unpick all the stitching. I suppose the good thing about using the wrong colour bobbin thread is that I can see it. I am thinking that I might try quilting it with black perle cotton but I am not sure if that will look too much with the black button hole thread. I suppose the only way to find out is to try it. Otherwise it will be just a black quilting thread in the ditch.

I don't even know what I will do with this when it is finished - but I know that I do want it finished. Maybe I could hang it somewhere like I see here ( Libby) .Or maybe someone will see it and love it. I have to finish it first. There is value in everything and I have learnt some important lessons here, especially about planning ahead.

8 comments:

DubiQuilts said...

I have a small quilt from 15 years ago and I say all the time "what was I thinking". For some reason I hang on to it.

Your small quilt front is great. If you machine quilt now it will turn out better and you can give it as a gift.

Angie said...

I love the Little Quilts quilts! :D I have all of their books. I just think they are the most adorable little quilts, and I love the one you've done, even unquilted .

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

It doesn't matter, does it, because we can always make it right. The front is cute - it will look lovely somewhere when you have finished it to your satisfaction.

Anonymous said...

What a cute quilt that is. I think in-the-ditch stitching will look great. Someone will definitely love it once it's finished - perhaps you could make up a small gift basket for someone needy (a lonely senior citizen at a local center perhaps) nearer Christmas time and include it.

A question ..... is the blanket stitch done by hand or machine?

Susan said...

I remember that pattern! The perle cotton would be fine - sashiko-like stitches.

bettsy said...

an answer for Gail- the blanket stitch is done by hand which is why I feel that I am leaning towards doing the quilting by hand

Suze said...

I have that same panel. Unfinished...........

Shelina said...

This is such an adorable quilt. Don't be hard on yourself about the quilting. You probably just wanted to get it done, and probably didn't have the black thread to change the bobbin.