And I've just finished another "charm square" quilt. These are fun to do and are really quick projects.
I first thought I'd quilt this with white or off-white thread. But when I auditioned the thread, I realized the white was too bright and seemed to clash. Instead, I found that thread with a bit of gold in it worked better (the one on the left is Signature Threads' "chamois").
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Hmmm... I'm thinking that when I do projects like this one, I should photograph the squares after I arrange them and doublecheck with the camera image before I stitch them together.
|50" x 60" - quilted on the longarm - 100% cotton batting|
Here's a closeup of the quilt top - showing my loop-d-loop free motion stitching.
trouble with thread fraying and splitting on the "Yellow Roses" quilt I did for my cousin. I discussed the problem with Howard, my longarm dealer, and he suggested I use a larger needle (going from 16 to 18) - and said that the problem may have arisen because I'm sewing faster than I had been previously. At the time, I didn't think I was, but did note that swapping to an 18 needle pretty much resolved the trouble.
And this quilt proved Howard right! I've made quilted several projects with roughly the same dimensions as this one, and yup. I'm quilting faster. Until now it's taken me about 3-3.5 hours to finish the quilting on a project this size.
But this one?
I finished it in just under 2 hours!