Monday, 20 September 2010

Quilting with the curtains closed


I have finally got past the tiresome piecing stage and begun the happy task of quilting. The voile is a slippery eel to work with though...it repelled the masking tape needed to hold the stretched backing to the floor and was eventually only stilled by sticking pins straight through its layers into the carpet beneath.


Its lively nature does of course give even more cause for donning the strange quilting gloves that help to grip the material...they make me feel as though I'm in the midst of carrying out a crime though...so I closed the curtains (in the very unlikely event that a binocular-carrying quilt-spotter was out and about) and carried out my quilting crimes unwatched: a low-key affair that has, so far, only involved whizzing up and down the quilt in straight lines, devoid of even the smallest mishap or expletive.

So it would all be going swimmingly if only I had enough suitably coloured voile left for the binding...unfortunately, I don't. I will think about that tomorrow.

Florence x

10 comments:

  1. my first thought with the gloves is "nuclear contamination" ;-) that's too funny that you had to close the curtains!!!

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  2. I have only just started on my patchwork journey and I like the patching bit and dreading the quilting. Wonders how I'm going to get all my material under the machine!

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  3. This post title, and the photo of the gloves made me laugh! Just the thing for the quilting bandit!

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  4. In all the years of quilting I have not gone down the White Glove path, but when I do eventually make my voile quilt, it will certainly be an option. Thanks for the pulled curtains tip. Can't wait to see your finished work.

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  5. aha, well I think we might make good partners because I love piecing but put the quilting off. Mostly I think because i am not that good at it but nonetheless I have 2 top pieces gthering dust in my workroom. One is even sandwiched and tacked. Just dont want to do it.

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  6. Yes, those gloves are odd aren't they? Still, they do the job perfectly so seem very necessary. Looking forward to seeing the finished item Florence x

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  7. I would never have thought of gloves to hold the fabric still. Where did you get them?

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  8. Gloves remind me of Micky Mouse - or an old fashioned traffic control policeman (you'd be too young to remember them!).

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  9. Oh, I see now that there were so many better titles in there to go with the white gloves!

    Thank you so much for your comment. Rachel - I bought mine locally, but I'm sure that you'd be able to get them online at Cottonpatch (uk) or any other quilting shop.

    Florence x

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