It has been a very busy, very wet but, very enjoyable week. My sister was here visiting from the UK, my youngest daughter graduated from school and is now on holiday with her friends and, my son returned from his studies at university for the Summer. Once my sister was on her way home and, after getting some of the necessary household chores finished and out of the way, my thoughts returned to sewing. I set about completing my 'Bertha' quilt.
I layered and basted the quilt top ready for quilting but, I wasn't sure what design I should use. So, I looked at the pattern book ( '3 Times the Charm' by 'Me and My Sister') for inspiration. The book has three versions of 'Bertha' pictured and one of them is quilted with a sort of undulating pattern. When I looked at this more closely, I realised it was similar to a machine quilting technique that I had recently seen demonstrated on an online quilt class that I had purchased from Craftsy. The class was Machine Quilting by Wendy Butler Burns. I was very excited then to try out my newly learnt technique on my 'Bertha' quilt and I am so pleased with the results.
This is the finished quilt.
This is the back, which shows the quilting more clearly.
I am not very confident at free-motion machine quilting but, this technique is completed with a walking foot and the machine settings as you would normally have them for straight line quilting.
I then added the binding. I decided that I would try out another new idea I had seen from another Craftsy class I had taken taught by Camille Roskelley called 'Pre-Cut Piecing Made Simple'. In this class Camille shows her hand binding technique which is almost invisible. Here is how it looks. I am delighted with the results.
This afternoon I am looking forward to finishing the other quilt top I started from the book '3 Times the Charm Book Two'. It is called 'Ingrid' and I can't wait to see how the finished top looks!!
Hope you enjoy your afternoon whatever you are doing!!