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!