Fun and Done

by Roberta
(Ft Myers, FL)

Front of the Quilt and the backing is the pattern seen on the diamonds and lines.

Front of the Quilt and the backing is the pattern seen on the diamonds and lines.

I have made a few quilts in the past, and enjoyed all but the hand quilting. I have problems with my hands that made the last quilt hard to finish...so this is my answer to the problem. Fun and Done quilting means you machine quilt each block with batting and backing, join and topstitch them. Topstitch the border and you are done.

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Mar 24, 2010
Donna's tips on machine quilting
by: Roberta

That's so funny. I just commented on the Quilt for Rachel, but came up from "Anonymous". You say there is another quilt here that you posted. Which is it? I would like to see it as well.
I plan to post other quilts here. I have several stories, even on a quilt or two I did not make myself.

Mar 23, 2010
Quilt for Rachel
by: Donna

I have put a couple of quilts that I had completed on here, the above noted one I had quilted crosswise stitching lines, and it was all getting puckered, by the time I was at the middle it was a mess, so I painfully pulled it all out. I decided perhaps I should start on one corner, and sew diagonally one direction, remove it from the machine - turn it and start stitching at the opposite corner. It worked, so I found out that by sewing one direction, and the next sewing line going the opposite direction was the solution - Gloria from Sew a Quilt - commented back telling me that was the answer and she would have told me to do the sewing like that. Sometimes we all need to step back take a breath, and a solution will eventually come to us....or better yet ask the questions? Sorry I get pretty wordy!!

Mar 23, 2010
Color Choice
by: Roberta

Very good thought. I would love to see a quilt of yours here?
Right now I am using several prints in a tropical theme. Seems busy now, but I had better trust myself and go for it by adding a muted texture in the background.
Crossing my fingers and hoping for the best!

Mar 23, 2010
Never doubt your colour choices.
by: Donna

I always thought I was not very good at choosing colors, but when you think about how you chose your wardrobe, and put it all together when you dress yourself, it is much the same idea. One of my friends explained that to me, that boosted my confidence, so pay attention to your choices, you will be correct most of the time.

Mar 23, 2010
Donna
by: Roberta

Very nice to hear you like the colors! I feel most unsure of that aspect of quilting, though I enjoy the choosing of the fabrics the most.

I thought I had made my last quilt due to some arthritis issues, but this technique changed all that.

Thank you for the compliment.
Happy quilting!

Mar 23, 2010
Another Name?
by: Anonymous

I believe the technique is similar to the quilt as you go, but I remember thinking this would be easier. I'll have to refresh my memory as to the other technique.

I made my own templates (square within a square) to keep the measurements accurate, and to double check myself as I went along. When sewing the strips I kept a finished fabric square next to my assembly line.

I have step by step photos, if you would like to see them.

Thank you for the comment!

Mar 22, 2010
ANOTHER NAME?
by: Anonymous

Is this like the Quilt as You Go technique? Or do you have to purchase the special template thingy?

Mar 20, 2010
Fun and Done
by: Donna

Yor quilt is beautiful, and your colors are very nice together - vibrant, makes me want to look closer. Great job and thanks for telling us how to proceed with quilt top, batting and backing all in one step when quilting and then having issues with your hands- I will try that next time.
Keep up the good work...

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