Any Way You Slice It
Here I am again working on another Denyse Schmidt quilt. I started cutting strips last night thinking that I’d be making a wall hanging for my lovely sewing corner which has an empty wall that’s calling out to be adorned with something handmade. But, as soon as I put these four blocks together, I knew I’d be starting another quilt that will live on the couch. Unfortunately, I was too late to join in on Project Improv but looking at what people are creating and designing is so inspirational that I felt compelled to do more of this type of work. These blocks are fast and fun, the way I like it. I’m not piecing in the way that the book shows, which is to use templates (very un-Denyse-like if you ask me…) I’m just putting strips together as fast as I can, without thinking about the layout of the strips too much and then putting my 9 1/2 inch square ruler on top at a 45 degree angle and then trimming with a rotary cutter. Oh! And all my fabrics are from my stash, which is one promise I made to myself – More Quilting From the In-House Fabric Depot. I hope this quilt goes faster than my Swell quilt from my last post. Speaking of fast, AmandaJean (aka Crazy Mom) blogs about her Juki TL-98Q and how fast and great it is. Now, this amazing quilter makes beautiful quilts at a rate that is mind-boggling and enviable. But, I asked myself, “Can a different machine really be that different?”
Man, oh man.
The family and I packed up and drove a good while to go look, visit and pet one. Before I could even sit down at this little beauty, my seven year-old squeezed in, stepped on the pedal and away she went. The owner was beaming at her. So, on her first go at stippling, she was going at def-con speed, and making a beautiful pattern, and the tension was good and handled her quick movements. It was then that I understood. This machine is strong like bull, has perfect tensioning, has a large throat, can be used with a quilting frame, and it doesn’t cost anywhere near the other long and mid-arm quilting machines. It has a serious motor that you can literally feel as you stitch away. It is a no-frills kind of machine which I think is why it is so good at what it does. When I have saved my pennies, I will have no hesitation in buying this machine.
Wanna know what brings up needing a quilting machine? I had to bring my Swell quilt to the local quilters becase pushing a large throw-size quilt just about killed me. The machine will pay for itself…