" Do you not know?
Have you not heard???

The LORD is the everlasting GOD,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.

He will not grow tired or weary,
and His understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary,
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:28-31

"The Sovereign LORD has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary.
He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught." Isaish 50:4


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Don't CHEAP OUT !

Every quilt that you make is going to take a certain amount of time.......even if it's machine-quilted, you are going to invest the same amount of time, no matter the materials.   So my advice is, do it right ! 
I spent the entire day on Monday, cutting out and piecing the top and back to this little dolly quilt.  It may look simple, but I debate every size decision, every fabric choice, every placement. 
When I finished the top and back, I was pleased enough with the outcome.  My one disappointment then was that I had made a ruffle for it, (in fact, the entire choice of fabrics was based on the ruffle that I made before even beginning) but I only had a tiny bit of fabric left from Autumn's Awesome Polka Spots quilt, and I didn't realize that the automatic ruffler attachment made the ruffle come out too short for the approximately 20 inch square quilt that I was designing.
Anyway, the cheap part comes in when I decide NOT to use my little bit of remaining cotton batting because I  realize that I could save it, and with other future scraps, actually piece together a baby-quilt-sized batting.  So, I used polyester.   Now this polyester was great for hand-quilting.......I used it on Aunt Edith's Flowers and the golden baby quilt, ....... but I do much better with cotton batting when it comes to quilting by machine.
The quilt is wobbley/wavy, and the edges are distorted rather than square (I sewed the quilt inside out and birthed it just like I would have done if the ruffle hadn't been TOO SHORT !)  I pressed the entire quilt before I  quilted it, thereby rendering it flat rather than poofy.

Oh, well, long-story,short, here's the finished quilt........I do not like it.........and it may remain here in my house as a small table topper .
Of course, this would be the quilt where I got smart and made the label BEFORE I quilted it, remembering to piece it into the back so that I wouldn't have to hand-applique it later !

The best thing to come out of this is learning that I love this pattern of bricks and would like to make it in a bigger quilt some time.,........one quilted with COTTON BATTING, of course !

3 comments:

  1. I think it's lovely! Plus, I just looked through all of your flick pics--Dolly dear, you are awesome! Loved the Wicked Witch of the East picture!

    Love ya!

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  2. I love the brick pattern, that would make a great full size quilt. I also love that deep purple color! Very cute:)

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