Friday, 15 June 2012

The Rescue Begins...

I have decided that I will be saving my quilt!

I have been working very hard on it over the last few days quilting the border so I can bind it and wash it, then I will be able to finish the rest of it with the knowledge that it won't fall apart.

Please be kind with your comments about how the bad the quilting is, I am a bit rusty and this quilt is so big it is making my machine look like a toy.
Here are some pics of what the quilting looks like so far...

This is the first border complete

All the small hearts in the sashing are hand quilted

The hearts on the blocks are also hand quilted

Now I need to concentrate on the last two borders, I am so excited to see it come together after seeing it lay around for so long.

I will update again when it has been bound.


Thursday, 7 June 2012

To Save Or To Bin???

Do I save this quilt???

I started this about 10 odd years ago.

It was supposed to be finished for our first wedding anniversary back in 2004. This quilt has moved house three times. While we were in Whyalla I didn't have a lot of storage space so I stored it under the bed wrapped in an old doona cover. Well my puppy thought it would be a good place for her own personal toilet...grrr!! So it is in very desperate need of TLC (tender loving care)it has gotten very bedraggled around the outside where the excess batting is,as you can see at the bottom of the picture above.

While my mum and I were sandwiching it we noticed a problem with the border. For some reason, the borders don't want to sit flat... kind of reminds me of ruffle. At this point we had already pinned and basted the baulk of it. An executive decision  made that we continue and that I would quilt it as far the borders and then work out what the problem is and how best to fix it.

So far I have stitched in the ditch both horizontally and vertically. 
I have hand quilted around half of the hearts, with a little less than half to go.

So I ask do I save it or do I bin it????

Any and all advice will be appreciated.

Desperate quilter needing advice