In between decorating the kitchen this weekend, and going to friends for a Chinese fondu yestrday, I made a good deal of progress with Mod Pod.
I finished the blocks on Wednesday, and carefully laid everything out to make sure I'd got an even distribution of fabrics.
But by the time I'd sewn the first edge on, they had mixed themselves up, and I'd got 3 duplicate patterns, and even though I'd pinned every joint, there were several that were slightly out, and a couple that were very out
So that seam had to be ripped and started again. This is the bit about quilting that I really hate - I really don't like having to sew very long seams, with multiple seams to match up. But I tackled it a bit at a time, in between catching up with episodes of Homeland, and the top was finished with minimal pain and effort.
I have re-named it the lumpy bumpy mod pod because it really is lumpy. But hopefully most of the lumps will disappear when I've quilted it.
Then onto my knees for the basting, which was done with the help of the cats, whilst keeping out of the way of the TV as Gordon was watching the England/Scotland rugby match. The right hand side was basted whilst I was lying flat out!
|Bryn helping me lay the backing out flat|
|And both the boys making sure it didn't blow away!|
And that is when the trouble started, officer. I examined all the other finished Mod Pod quilts to see how they had been quilted. I liked this one best but I wasn't sure I could manage all those individual circles. But I made a start by echo quilting down one set of rings to see how I got on. I had seriously underestimated how hard it is to turn all this quilt around those curves, which are quite sharp. I did the first one quite well, but as I moved further left, and the amount of quilt built up on the right, I found it harder and harder, and the lines got wobblier and wobblier. By the end of the third run down the quilt I gave up! Maybe I was just tired, maybe I have no patience, maybe I'm still inexperienced, but whatever it is, it looked awful and I don't want to ruin it, so I ripped the lot out!
But what now? My only idea is to FMQ the blue parts in a stipple pattern, so that I don't have to turn the quilt, and leave the green unquilted so that it pops out. Unless of course you have any better ideas?