I didn't know how to make a quilt and didn't know how to machine quilt, but I had done a one day class in machine embroidery.
- The batting is the fat stuff, the stuff you get sold at Spotlight if you don't know to ask for 'lo-loft'.
- I broke about 13 needles, largely because my machine didn't have a darning foot or drop its feed dogs and I used a spring loaded needle.
- I didn't know the quilting was supposed to show on the back so I covered it up because there were lots of tucks.
-I must have decided to make the quilt bigger after quilting it, so I had added black borders then tacked extra batting around to make it puffy.
-there was no hanging sleeve, I covered the stick with black fabric and attached the stick to the top of the quilt with tacking stitches.
Then when I came back to New Zealand, my brother liked it so I gave it to him and recently (well at least 2 years ago) he gave it back because it needed the stick to be re-attached.
Today I decided it needed to be updated, the border fabric has faded but the screen printed fabric looks as bright as when it was first printed.
I've unpicked the border which goes right round to the back (told you I didn't know how to quilt). Here are some photos of my machine quilting circa 1999.
|Note the thick batting , the stuff around the outside was tacked on later, to fill the border.|
Everyone has to start somewhere…
I'll update this post as I update the quilt, a nice green border to diminish the black I think…
|Borders taken off, it definitely looks better|
|No, wrong green|
|This is more promising...|
|But it's too small!|
To be continued...
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