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Welcome to Made Down South! Thanks for stopping by to see what I'm up to. This blog serves as my review of projects accomplished since I have way too many that are halfway done. I also tend to have so many urgent ideas where I simply have stop all else to work on the newest thing. So, this blog will show all the ideas that actually get made into stuff! Some of that stuff is available for sale at our etsy shop, Down South Designs.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Just Add More Stitches

I made the one hour trip to my favorite quilt shop, Lola Pink in Lafayette, LA, and fell in love three steps into the shop.  The new fabric line, Persimmon by Moda, just reached out to me and I knew that jelly roll had to come home with me.  Now I'm usually not a jelly roll kind of gal. I don't know if it's the price or the perfectly coordinated formula, but something usually makes me steer clear of them. Anyhow, the colors made me take the leap into jellyrolls and I'm glad I did!  I also selected an unModa step child fabric that I adored for border potential.  I made sixteen patch blocks--sooo easy with jelly rolls. I just separated the strips into darks and lights. I loved interchanging the medium fabrics as they can become either a dark or a light depending upon which fabric it is combined with. 

I planned a loose,comfy feel for the quilt so I assumed that meant loosely spaced quilting design.  I chose a wave quilting line through each block but it didn't seem like enough.  Then I added a simple seed line design at the connection seam of each column of blocks. It still looked awkward.

Even after unstitching and restitching, it didn't look "right enough'".   My excellent quilter friend, Gayle, encouraged me to just add more stitches until it feels right. 

Then in the middle of my quilting mojo, my machine gives me this message. 

What the heck????  I am in free motion mode with feed dogs down so why is my Bernina 750QE doing this crazy talk and locking up?  I finally figured it out and made a blog post for my Loving my bernina series to help other owners of the persnickety Bernina 750QE. 

So I finally reaching the point of enough and it's amazing what the right amount of stitching can do for a quilt. I love the feel and texture of the quilt now. I am selecting binding fabrics now. I'm kinda leaning toward a dark blue binding.

I will be posting this week at Freshly Pieced WIP and Crazy Mom Quilts Finish Up Friday.  


Nancy said...

I've never sewn with jelly rolls, either. I suppose I'd buy one if I found one I loved!

Your quilt is gorgeous. I love it when the photos show the quilting.

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Persimmon looks like a great collection. Your quilting has given you a lovely finish, Gayle's words were worth heeding.

Allison Babcock said...

Lovely quilting!