Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Hexagon Quilting Finished--3rd FAL 2nd Quarter!

Drum roll please. . .I've finished quilting the hexagon block of the month (BOM)!!!! This makes the third finish on my FAL 2016 second quarter list which you can read here.

What a painfully slow progress this quilting became. I'm excited to have typed "finished!!!" I had my second arthroscopic knee surgery mid-April and developed a funk with my motivation of all things "quilterly. "The funk is dissipating; but, still present. I hope that in a couple more weeks, I'll feel like my old self and that I'll have better movement and even less pain in my knees.

This is how I quilted the spaces in the border. I was so happy to get back to free motion work! I made a series of swirls.



I don't know that the swirls compliment the circles or the appliqué blocks. I figured the swirls worked because I used fabrics from my stash of "little pieces."  I did a lot of selecting, then I often decided to change direction so this is why I decided the motif fit! FYI--I did buy the fabrics for the Christmas tree block as I wanted ornaments!






I did buy the ruler foot for my domestic machine. This was the block I decided to requilt to try it out. You might not see a whole lot of difference between this block and the block below; but, I am happier with the lines as they are more consistent.














I did a little practice and found that the thicker foot sure makes it easier to keep the ruler in the spot that I wanted. I am pleased with how the block looks after I requited the left side! I'm wishing that I would have purchased this foot many months ago! I look forward to playing more with it on another project. I used Cindy Needham's stencils for the background.











This is what the whole quilt looks like. Notice, all the quilting barely shows which was my intent. The other cool finding is that the quilt measures 97 1/2" long on the left, middle and right side of the quilt. This is how it is supposed to happen; but, it is the first time that it actually did!

It measures 67 1/8" wide at the top; 67 1/4" in the middle and the bottom. Okay. . .so it was a little off; but, not by much!

My plan is to just go ahead and bind it without blocking it first!


Luanne, I forgot to take a photo of your fabric! Next week, I'll share it here!



8 comments:

  1. Beautiful job! It's so exciting to finish the quilting on a large quilt!! Glad you're enjoying your new ruler foot.

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    1. Thanks, Nancy. You're right about it being exciting when you finish the quilting on a large quilt. . .there should have been a parade! :)--Terry

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  2. Bernina is missing out by not having you on their team, Terry. You certainly are making the most of your new machine and all it can do. The hexagon quilt turned out beautifully.

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    1. Thanks, Gail! I'm bonding with this Bernina. It is a big learning curve since I sewed so many years on my previous Bernina and didn't keep up with the technological advances!!!

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  3. Congratulations, I'm sure it feels great to have this one done. I can see the difference with the new ruler foot -- that was definitely worthwhile.

    I'm glad your surgery was successful. Hopefully you'll have plenty of opportunity to be out and about this summer!

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    1. That ruler foot made a big difference, Monica. It was so much easier to manipulate the fabric with the ruler against that foot. Hmmm. . .I guess there is something about having the right tools for the job! :)--Terry

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  4. Hope you recover from surgery and lack of motivation. Have you a more up to date photo as to count in the FAL it does need to be finished. You have a few days left to bind it!

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    1. Thanks for the reminder, Nicky. I'll have to see if I actually made it or not!--Terry

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