Monday, March 8, 2010

my first freehand quilting

What a Monday I have had! It had been an exhausting weekend for me, and I was so looking forward to a quiet day back at work. And then my daughter dropped a little hand weight (only 2 pounds!) on her big toe just right - and pulled her toenail out from the nail bed. Oh my goodness! So, instead of a nice morning of drinking coffee in a quiet, empty house, I was rushing out the door (unshowered, no bra - perfect!) with a screaming kid (barefoot and in dirty jammies - even more perfect!). After spending the morning at various doctors' offices for exams, x-rays and consults, the consensus was no broken bones, and just keep it clean and wait for the nail to fall off. If you're in the mood for gory pictures, you can see one here. Don't say I didn't warn you!

Maybe Tuesday will be quiet? I'm knocking on wood! Meanwhile, onto happier subjects... I was hoping to be able to show this whole quilted quilt today, but I'll make do with the two blocks I finished over the weekend. I did the wavy line quilting a while back (and bound it already), and have been working up the courage to try some freehand flowers. I know they're so simple, and not perfect, but I'm still proud! I broke the ice!



I marked the first one with a quilting pencil, but it was hard to use (and hard to see). For the second one, I used one of my daughter's washable markers. I've never had a problem with them washing out of her clothes, so I'm hoping it will wash out of the quilt just as well.



And here's the back of that first block. A little wobbly, but cute!


2 down, 10 to go!

10 comments:

  1. i think it turned out great, very impressed!!

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  2. oh this looks so great. i lack the courage to do free motion anything. those wavy lines look great too. how did you do those? free motion?
    sorry about the little ones toe...i was not brave enough to look...i am way too squeamish.

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  3. Meep! That sounds like a crazy morning. I'm glad she's doing okay! Your freemotion looks awesome!!! LOVE the little flower. I'm excited because I just found another pattern that I think will be fun with the roll o' fabric. Now I just need to find time to do it. :)

    Here's hoping Tuesday will be nice and calm for you!

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  4. I really love it! And it goes so well with the quilt. It's brilliant and done before you know it! handy to be able to do one block at a time and so break it up!

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  5. It looks amazing! Way to go!

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  6. Well,lovely quilter.........it's perfect!!

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  7. great job on the flowers! Great idea to use washable markers!

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  8. Gosh, those blossom petals are really even - I tried much smaller flowers once, but gave up after two totally wonky ones!

    Cheers,
    Christine

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  9. Poor Vada. Several months ago I dropped a half gallon bottle of scotch [no remarks please] on my big toe. Nail stayed in place but I thought the toe was broken, did nothing but wrap it and it healed, after much limping, so I know how her foot feels.

    The quilting is very nice and I love the fabric you have in on -- so delicate and happy.

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  10. The quilt looks gorgeous so far, and I'm glad the little lady didn't have anything too serious (although losing a nail surely is no fun!).

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