Thursday, August 2, 2012

Quilting Granny

She's quilted!  Quilted and nearly ready to bind!  How happy am I?


I have discovered that I am not a straight line quilter.  I like a little movement and activity while quilting.  Otherwise my brain just gets numb and I can not stand to sit and quilt for too long.  It's nearly a punishment.  Here I chose to quilt each block individually, so lots of twisting and turning.  I echo quilted around the center of each granny square, echo quilted around the central nine patch of the granny and then around the entire block into the sashing.  I think you can see it better from the back.


Can you see it?  This took no time at all and I was totally entertained.  What more could you ask for?

I have just one small problem.  No matter how I layered this one corner square and quilted, there was always a wrinkle. First it was on the left.  Then I picked it out and re-layered, only to shift it to the right.  I could not get rid of this silly bleb. 


How concerned should I be?  Will this disappear as soon as its bound and washed?  Or is there a way to "tuck" in the extra material under the binding without causing a wrinkle?  Anyone have ideas to share?  Until my brain wraps itself around this little wrinkle, it will remain unbound.  I can not get too far ahead of myself!

I will leave you with a photo of Clarkson.  He is here next to me on the couch.  He diligently spent the last 10 minutes crafting an igloo for himself out of Mod Logs.  If he wasn't so darn cute I would shoo him off the couch.  Instead I keep taking photos with my heart fluttering.  


28 comments:

Sarah said...

awww wee cutie in his quilty igloo... As for the bubble, hmmm... I'd just accept it since you've already unpicked and tried to fix once. A good wash and everything will go all crinkled and puffy, so even if it doesnt exactly disappear it'll stop standing out so much.
Good job tho, grannys looking awffy bright for her age ;-)

sew.darn.quilt said...

Your Granny looks amazing and from behind, she looks fab-u-lous!
As for Clarkson, totally adorable in his igloo.

Quilter in the Gap said...

I agree with Sarah. I don't think that little bleb is that big of a deal! BUT you know my theory! LOL

Quilting In The Cold said...

It is lovely, the colours are just gorgeous. As for the bleb I would leave it. I don't think you will notice it once it is washed and fabulously wrinkly

Flying Blind... said...

Yep, what Sarah says - a quick wash and blowdry and you won't notice the little pucker xxx

Mrs Pixie said...

That is amazing! The colours are perfect and the back is as pretty as the front!

Katy
x

Archie the wonder dog said...

I agree with Sarah on all points!!

Sophie Belle Designs said...

It's gorgeous, very effective.

Julie said...

Ditto Sarah, but another thing you can try is to press it right before you stitch the binding down. I was raw edge appliqueing some circles onto a quilt one time and they kept wanting to shift and pucker like that. I ripped just a couple of inches out and pressed the puckered spot and then restitched and like magic they stayed flat and didn't pucker under the stitches. I don't know how it helped but it really did!

Cindy said...

If it really bothers you, try making a small pleat. If you make it very straight it will end up looking like a seam.

Love that kitty photo.

Tomomi McElwee said...

Very nice quilt indeed.
I love the back as well.

Patchwork and Play said...

I agree with Cindy- a pleat will merge more with the seams when it's washed! It's very pretty though!!!!

Cherie said...

Awesome looking quilt! I'm loving the colour scheme! The quilting looks very effective against the backing. I've never machine quilted, though hand quilting can give that effect sometimes too. Once you wash it, it should be fine =D

Di said...

Love the vibrancy of the colours. Nice quilt. Di x

diane said...

I still need to quilt my granny and it's a big one. I might follow your lead. As far as the extra fabric, I imagine after it's bound and washed you won't even notice it

Leanne said...

It will just be a crinkle in all the crinkles. The quilt is wonderful, I am so excited to get grannies of my own.

Dolores said...

It might end up disappearing into the quilt but the only solution I could think of was to turn it into a dart (sew the dart on the inside of the quilt). The you will see the seam but the fabric will lay flat??

dxx

Sooli said...

Love your kitty photo! I think your crinkle will blend in and I like Dolores' idea but you could also run a gathering thread very close to your raw edge and very slightly gather that little part evenly over that piece and that will make it easier to sew your binding on without sewing it down in one spot. Then when you wash it should just be a little crinkly like the rest of the border will be.

Nicky said...

It is gorgeous and that tiny thing will not notice at all - enjoy what is right about this fabulous quilt!

Annabella said...

I was with Sarah but I really like Dolores' suggestion too. Your grannies are gorgeous!

CraftyGardenMom - Tanesha said...

I love how this turned out! What a fresh look for a classic pattern. Thanks for sharing.

Scooquilt said...

I agree with Sarah. To get the binding on, I wouldn't make a dart or pleat, I would ease in the fullness. You could gather it by hand with thread before you sew on the binding (as Sooli said), or use pins, or just do it by eye as you sew. It won't be noticible at all after it's washed. Gorgeous quilt!

Scooquilt said...

I agree with Sarah. To get the binding on, I wouldn't make a dart or pleat, I would ease in the fullness. You could gather it by hand with thread before you sew on the binding (as Sooli said), or use pins, or just do it by eye as you sew. It won't be noticible at all after it's washed. Gorgeous quilt!

Katy Cameron said...

Yay for finding a quilting style that suits you. As for the feature, embrace it and I'm sure it'll look fin in the wash!

LynCC said...

:D He's adorable! One of our cats, Koko, is a supreme burrower. He loves to meticulously dig into "caves" under my quilts.

Z Any Mouse said...

Your granny square quilt is gorgeous! I love the gray background. Cute kitty! It is always so rewarding when someone loves your quilt, even when it's of the feline variety.

Teje Karjalainen said...

Hi Cindy!
Clarkson looks so sweet - I couldn't send him away and he has the same colour with my Nelli.
Your quilt is beautiful! I love grannies and the grey backround is great. About the border: I think it was Rebecca's "101 Cuilt Class" (www.chasingcottons.blogspot.com) where I learnt how to add border andwe strecth the fabric just a little bit. I guess when we quilt the main pieace, the border remains 'bigger' and looks fluffy. If I were you, I would strecth the binding just a little bit to 'collect' the border (not too much). After the washing all the quilt has wrinkles so it wouldn't bother me also on the border.
I wish you great week! x Teje
PS. I'm happy to see that you have found knitting! It's so relaxing and fun!

Lynne said...

Those colours really sing on that grey background.

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