The Great Peacock Quilt Frustration of 2014
While making this quilt I was very pleased with my work That is until I started quilting it!
I was able to easily cut out my pieces using some awesome templates and sewing them together was alright if not a bit tedious. I like working with curved seams so when it came time to put the arcs together I was fairly happy. I got it appliqued onto the background with no problems and designed my body and head with ease. I was so proud of how I created the head too! It was my first time trying out machine embroidery and it came out alright!
Then I decided to quilt it....
Quilting this bad boy on my machine was a nightmare, one which I am glad is over. I suffered through hours of skipped stitches, terrible tension and broken needles before giving into its power over my machine. I figured I would try it on one of the machines at Calico Threads, thinking that a newer, fancier machine might be just what the doctor order, but alas it was not to be.
Oh a whim, I asked if I could throw it onto the Longarm. I figured "I have an hour, why not!" thinking that I could at least see if it work, and low and behold, my tension problems disappeared! I was in heaven. I could quilt without skipping stitches! Oh course I had to transition my domestic designs to the longarm which was really hard, but I did what I could.
I ended up scheduling more time to finish up the background because I didn't want to struggle with my machine for a moment longer on this quilt. Now that I have some distance on it, I am pleased with my work but it took a little while. I was disappointing at first but I guess I will always be my own worst critic. That's alright. It means I will always strive to be better.
I struggled to pick out a good binding and I am glad I decided on this one. It's a little hard to see but it has hints of blue and green in the dark purple. I love this fabric! I brought it with me to the Tacoma Modern Quilt Guild Meeting before depositing it in its new home at Island Quilter. It's already help sell a template set! I am so proud!
I also brought along my finished challenge. I don't typically like pictures of myself but I really like this one for some reason so I thought I would share it :) I look as goofy as I feel! haha! Anyways, that's all for now folks!