Monday, October 24, 2011

Sweet Little Baskets

Thank you so much for your wonderful comments on my Remembering Abe quilt.  I so appreciate it when you take the time to leave me a comment!

Here is a quilt I made in 2005, Sweet Little Baskets.

Jan of Be*mused showed a photo of my friend, Sheila's, quilt on her blog and hinted that I had made one too.


A few of use traded 3" baskets for awhile and each made a quilt.  Sheila made a large one.  Mine is quite small, only a throw.  As you can see, I made it larger with gigantic borders.

Here are some baskets blocks closer up.


I organized my baskets in a similar color groups.  It was fun!

This will give you an idea of scale and size, thanks coco.


On the back I used this large scale print of roosters.   It was around this time that I started using "statement" backings.


Simple cross hatch machine quilting and a nice label.


I had forgotten to share this on my Abe post.  I used Superior Kimono Silk #100 thread to machine quilt Abe.  It was wonderful to quilt with and the drape is lovely.

I treated myself to the color card available at Superior Threads.  

Here are a few things that really changed the quality of my machine quilting (and it's still not where I want it to be yet)....

I have shortened my stitch length (on the vicking it's  2 1/2.

I have slowed down - so hard!

I'm using silk in the top and the bobbin.

I'm using a good quality, new sharp needle, 70/10

I'm using a self threading needle to bury the starting and stopping stitches.

I watch Mad Men, Oh, Donald Draper you are a bad boy.

And lastly, I've put a book under my feet and raised my sewing chair so I have a better downward view.


I'm hoping to figure out a better solution, but this working for now.

Do you have any great machine quilting tips?  I'd love to hear them.

Have a fun week!

23 comments:

  1. Well, I have zero machine quilting tips since I have done so little of it. But, I do love your little baskets, and the surprise on the back!

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  2. I have a fondness for basket quilts and yours is so beautiful! The backing is so much fun! Thanks for all the sewing tips, I'm sorry I don't have any to share, except remember to have breaks! Mad men is my favourite show!

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  3. Love your little baskets quilt. Those baskets have been on my to do list for a while.
    I don't really have any new tips for machine quilting. Something I struggle with is keeping relaxed while doing free motion quilting. My shoulders always end up next to my ears. I've tried drinking wine/beer, but that only does so much and isn't really a solution for quilting in the morning. At least not for me ;c )

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  4. Your baskets quilt is just beautiful!! :)

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  5. Thanks for sharing your little baskets -- they're adorable! I think it would be really fun to have little baskets like that as a long term project!

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  6. love, Love, LOVE your little baskets.
    I've been macine quilting with silk thread too, looks good so fine (IMHO)
    Still hand quilting w cotton.

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  7. I love your basket quilt...just awesome!!

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  8. Love, Love, Love those baskets! You did a great job quilting!

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  9. I adore your little baskets. They are on my to do list. Thanks for the machine quilting tips. I'm going to give the Superior Thread a try.

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  10. I haven't machine quilted in years, so no tips from me. I had never heard of using silk thread--will have to give it a try. Your baskets are lovely--and such a fun back!

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  11. I love your little baskets quilt. Very nice. I know with machine quilting you need to do it often to keep your hand eye coordination going and NOW this is very important...remember to breath. Hugs.

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  12. hi Barb, Your basket quilt is gorgeous. I love the extra wide border around it. Thank you for sharing.

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  13. I love, love your statement backings!! They are always the perfect splash of whimsey, and you take traditional patterns -- like baskets or stars -- and make them interesting and new again!! Abe is awesome, and the baskets are beautiful! Always something good here to chew on! (no offence, Coco! LOL)
    Blessings,
    Mary Lou

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  14. The baskets quilt is lovely....and the backing is fabulous! I would want some of that on the front of a quilt!

    I'm going to try some silk thread on my next quilt.....thanks! And I think my only added tip would be to sew barefoot....I think you get a better control of the foot pedal without shoes on! But there can't be any pins or needles on the floor! lol

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  15. I have always loved basket quilts, and tiny baskets all the better! Great quilt, great back!
    I don't know what it is lately but I am liking very little blocks. Nice to see Coco keeping you company in the sewing room, hopefully had a better day at doggie day care?
    Kathie

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  16. Baskets are one of my favorites and the backing you used is perfect! I have only used silk a few times to mahcine quilt and love it also.
    I always try to be aware of my shoulders and not let them "creep" up, it works when I remember!!!
    LOVE Mad Men, one of my favorite shows. I can't wait until the new season starts .

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  17. I don't have any machine quilting tips but I'm very happy to read yours for trying later. I love those little baskets - such great variety and I like how you grouped them. That book looks much too interesting to be a footstool!

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  18. Your little baskets are wonderful! I LOVE the backing too.
    Coco looks a little bored with her modeling carreer? ;)

    My only machine quilting tip is to sew barefoot. For me it helps to regulate my speed.

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  19. Doorstop wedges ($2 at Lowe's). They tilt my machine up just enough that I don't strain trying to see the sewing plate. I use two (one under each end of the back of my machine. You can change your tilt a 'little' or a 'lot' depending on how far you put the wedge(s) under your machine -- and since they're doorstops ... they won't slide -- and your machine won't slide off of it/them.

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  20. I love the suggestion from Ida. I think you have the quilting covered, I love the kimono silk too but if you want to save dollars, you can use aurifil or mettler 60 for the bobbin.
    Baskets are such a favourite of mine too, yours are so lovely in the small size.

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  21. What was 'statement' were you making with the rooster fabric on the back of the baskets? Don't put all your eggs in one basket???
    Charming quilt. Thanks for sharing.

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  22. A delightful post as always. Your ears must have been burning this week as I used you as an example of always having terrific labels on your quilts. My idea for sewing is the same as Ida's. I have just started using the doorstops and what a difference! I now must try silk threads though I am much happier hand quilting!lol
    Have a great day.

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