Wednesday, August 17, 2011

My first attempt at machine quilting!!!

Well this is my first attempt at machine quilting... I think I did ok??  I'm not sure about my tension and my starting and stopping technique but I'm pretty happy with it.  I love the verigated thread, it's cool!  I have 2 to do, for my girls, and I started these quilts back when I was pregnant.  The girls are now 15 months old... so I finally bit the bullet and realised they were never going to get hand quilted, so I had to do it by machine.

I feel sad that I've given away so many quilts to friends who had babies that were hand quilted and my own babies have machine quilted quilts... but I just don't have the time or the energy with 3 kids now... I'm tired!

I'm having a particularly bad time of it with the kids at the moment so it felt great to get this done so quickly - now I just have to hand sew the binding down, which will be very relaxing actually, I'm looking forward to it.  And to machine quilting the next quilt too!  It's so quick I can see why people choose it over hand quilting. 

If anyone has any tips on machine quilting I'd love to hear... I really winged it! 



  1. YOur quilting looks brilliant and don't feel bad about machine quilting. You have all the time to make them something else later on. This from the person who has been making quits for her girls for over three years now - hand quilted. Life gets in the way and then before you know it too much time has gone by. Be happy with finished quilts. It is more than I can say!

  2. Gosh I can't believe you ever contemplated hand quilting! It would take me years to hand quilt and sometimes I've even machine stitched the binding - so naughty!

    It really does feel good to finish things. Hopefully this is the start of a new surge of activity from your sewing table!

  3. You winged it? Amazingly well done.
    I have no tips. You don't need them.
    Andi x