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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Back in Business!

Whoop, whoop!  I picked up my machine yesterday, and I am back in business, y'all!  I was without it for just under two weeks, but it felt like much longer.  As soon as I got home, I got her back in my cabinet, filled a few bobbins, and started to quilt, quilt, quilt on those projects that were waiting.  First up was this quilt for the grandson of a friend, who is due in May.


When I look at this quilt, I see classic Americana, and that's what I've decided to name this one.  My friend wanted a Double Slice pattern in these colors, and when I got the top together, I wasn't sure if I liked it, and even contemplated starting over.  I worried that since there isn't a ton of contrast in the chosen colors, that they ran together too much with such a busy pattern.


Sometimes I have a vision of a quilt in my mind, and if it doesn't turn out as I expect when it goes together, it's hard to evaluate the quilt clearly.  I ended up asking the opinion of a few friends who really liked it, and now that it's finished, I have to say that I'm happy with it too.  I think it just took a little while to get that initial vision out of my head.


I went with a denim chambray on the back, with some leftover strips for some added interest, and the bright red binding just pops against all of that blue and gray.  This quilt measures 54" square.


I'm working to finish up my other projects in waiting (including my Liberty quilt!) before my parents come in town for a visit this weekend.    I've been missing my machine so much lately, that I don't see a problem with quilting at all hours to make that happen!

ps- NTT is still on for this evening, but since I have three giveaway winners to announce in that post, plus highlights from last week, I decided to make two separate posts to keep the party post a reasonable length.  See you this evening!  :)




12 comments:

  1. 2 weeks without your machine!!! I don't think I would know what to do with myself!! Great job on Americana!

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  2. Two weeks, happy you got it back! Really like the back of your quilt.

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  3. I think the contrast is fine, the red binding makes it and the red blocks pop out. The back is a nice contrast too, it makes it reversible, always handy with a little one.

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  4. I love this quilt. Good you have your machine on the table again!!

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  5. That's why I have a back-up sewing machine for my back-up sewing machine. :) Great job on this quilt, and I love the back!

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  6. I have several machines too, so I don't have to do into withdrawal, LOL! I get really crabby if I cannot put thread into fabric. I like that quilt! Seems like you are having a great time quilting again.

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    1. Oh, I definitely have a backup machine! In fact, I pieced three quilts on that machine and basted them to get them ready for the return of my main machine. Free motion quilting relies so heavily on the "feel" of your machine, so I choose to quilt only on my main one. That means that I am on a finishing spree right now!

      :) Kelly

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  7. 2 weeks without your #1 machine?!?! I don't think I could handle that...unless I was on a beach somewhere for the entire time...and then only maybe! :) I think American looks fantastic, by the way!

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  8. I hate being without my main machine. Classic Americana turned out beautifully!

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  9. Yeah for a working machine. I totally know what you mean about having a vision and the end quilt not quite matching that vision. I have trouble liking a quilt when that happens. In this case, I think your final quilt is quite nice and even two sided with that pretty pieced back. You can't go wrong with a red and blue color combo.

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  10. what pattern did you use for Americana?

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    1. It's called Double Slice. It is a free tutorial available in several places. Good luck!

      :) Kelly

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