Saturday, March 14, 2009

My second and third quilt

I've been away from my blog for a month to upload another blog in Thai. I was impressed to learn that many Thais are interested in quilting as well. Over there, in Thailand, Japanese and Australian quilting styles seem more popular than American quilting.

Well … I’ve finished my second and started my third quilt top. The second one was log cabin blog. I got an inspiration from ‘crazymomquilts’. Amanda Jean is fabulous! I love most of her quilts.

My log cabin quilt

The third quilt top, I got an inspiration from Tennessee State Museum. There is a room designated for quilting where many quilt blocks from the frontier women are displayed. I picked ‘churn dash’ block and wish to replicate an old style quilt. Later I went to Kentucky and found a bundle of repro fabrics. Then there was no reason to delay my third quilt top project.

I always wish to hand quilt my project but it takes two months just to take a look with my intimidation. Will take forever (for me) to hand quilt? Finally, I went to my quilt guild and asked for suggestion. My two quilt tops are now with a longarm quilter. It’s a happy ending.

I’m thinking to buy a new sewing machine. I just need any model which has free motion function. Of course it shouldn’t be too expensive. Since I started, I spent all of my allowance for fabrics and know that more will be purchased every month. Oh no!

Please feel free to drop me comments if you have suggestion regarding sewing machine.


  1. I just found your lovely blog. Good for youto do quilting. i am just coming up to my one hundredth blog and think I may do something for it.
    Your log cabin quilt is lovely. I have a janome 6600, a big treat for me. But all you need is a darning foot, drop the feed and you can free motion quilt. The saying is practice, practice, practice and that's what I did. I love this kind of quilting.

  2. Hi, like Nanci said, you don't need a special machine for free motion quilting. I have an old Singer sewing machine that I bought second hand about 6 years ago. I bought a universal-fit darning foot for 10$ and practiced, practiced, practiced :) You can imagine free-motion quilting like having someone hold a pen over a piece of paper, and you draw a picture by moving the paper around with your hands instead of moving the pen. I started out practicing free-motion loops, then moved on to the stippling, non-crossing-over loops that you see in many of the quilts online. For straight lines and to sew on the binding or for thick materials, I use my walking foot (~30$ for the Singer I have). It has tracks (or "feet") so that the material is moved on the top and the bottom at the same time, so you don't get pull in your fabric and wrinkles. With these two attachments I can do all the quilting I want at this time. Good luck!