Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Wonky Wednesday

First up, something I started even though I told myself I wasn't allowed to start anything until I'd finished the back of Ruby's quilt.  I used a charm pack (Lario - 3 Sisters) to have a go at wonky cutting and a bit of improv piecing and came up with this:

I'm really happy with how it turned out, I think it is balanced but random.  I think some of the balance comes from using one collection and some of it from the technique I used.  I was (and still am) a bit apprehensive about wonky cutting with this collection, I'm not sure if the style of quilt I have in mind will suit the fabric.

This is my first time using a charm pack and the pinked edges really threw me, which I wasn't expecting.  Here's a close up of wonky loveliness ...

Next up - a finish, yay!  I have finished the brown bag doll's quilt that Ruby helped me piece ...

I edge-turned the binding and quilted it with randomly spaced horizontal lines, and by 'randomly spaced' I mean I couldn't be bothered marking out any lines and thought I'd be able to just get it pretty close to equally spaced by eye.  Turns out there's a very good reason for marking out your quilting.  Here's what I learnt with this quilt:
  • you should mark out your quilting, even if you are doing something seemingly straightforward, especially if you're a beginner (like me).
  • my machine is horrendous for quilting (with and without a walking foot), I struggled to get the tension right (and still couldn't get it right), it skipped stitches. 
  • If you are edge-turning you need to consider start and end points for the quilting because the quilting won't end up running under the binding rather it goes with the binding.
  • I need a lot more practice with binding, I still hate doing it even with edge-turned binding.
  • Despite all of this the girls love playing with it and from a distance it looks lovely.
Linking up to:
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
Finish it up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts


  1. I'm finding my little machine is quite pants for quilting too. Love how you put the lessons learnt on your finished quilts ... I read and nod along to the majority of them - tehe ... but like you said, your girls love it so it must be a success :)

  2. Your wonky improv block is gorgeous, Sarah! And the finished brown bag quilt - Very Sweet. When you said your machine skipped stitches, I was wondering if you tried a fresh needle. Sometimes that is the cause. Or a different size needle. Your lessons learned are a great addition to your posts. I think we can all relate to those!

    1. Thanks, Lorna, I had not thought to check either of those things, and knowing me my needle was probably due to be replace, thanks for the tip.

  3. I hate the pinked edges on precuts too!

  4. I like the fabrics you picked for your improv piece. Pretty.


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