Thursday, July 26, 2012

STUFFING AND A FLUFFING!!

In a perfect situation, I would have a long arm to do a quilt 92" x 83" or send it out to be quilted but......

In order not to hear this from my husband....

"Why do I buy you all these machines if you have to send your quilt out to be quilted?"

and...for the mere fact that I am Cheap as the day is long......cheap cheap cheap (that ain't no chicken churping).

So.....this is my set up.

I begins to stuff and fluff..... don't want any kind of drag....this will pull the quilt down and make it hard to quilt.....so I kept on a stuffing and a fluffing!

Yep....you guessed it....more stuffing and a fluffing. I have to tell myself to relax, if you relax while trying to machine quilt things go a lot easier. Just go with the flow....that is what I was telling my self.
I am flowing along....I tell myself that yes, I can finish this because the minute I turn the machine off and fold this quilt up, it will never get done.

So today I was the "Little Engine that Could"......I made myself....was getting grumpier as I had to keep stuffing and a fluffing and sometimes a frogging...yep.....there was a frog in my room keeping time with the chicken....

Now that we are talking about chickens....I so wanted to feather the border, I certainly had a big enough border but.......I have a confession....I was toooo chicken....

As I am taking a picture of this finished quilt (no binding yet), I notice that in between the trees is not quilted.....WHAT!!!!!!!
So...back to stuffing and a fluffing....and after the grumpiness wears down, we will bind this puppy and call it a day.

First I hear some chocolate calling my name......

30 comments:

piece peace said...

Chocolate is a wonderful thing. I think I am going to have a little piece myself now, too. Your quilt is looking fantastic!

Needled Mom said...

That's a lot of stuffing and fluffing! It is great to have a finish though.

Lesley said...

I think you are doing a fantastic job...stuffing and fluffing seems to be working! The quilt is adorable and your quilting is superb...I imagine by now you have quilted between the trees. And yes, I am sure chocolate helps! Thanks for inspiring!

Sheila said...

It would take more than stuffing and fluffing for me , I would be tearing my hair out .Great job , your quilting looks fantastic !!

Debbie said...

Well, I would have been at this for about 3 days. so big congrats and it looks wonderful. I'm too chicken to do feathers on a big one yet, so don't feel bad.

Marydon said...

Wow! That is one gorgeous quilt Barb. Good for you, I'd never have started to begin with ...

TTFN ~
Huggers,
Marydon

Snoodles said...

I don't have room for a set up like that....would be nice. Your results speak volumes, m'dear -- beautiful quilt!

Royce said...

I have to be in the right frame of mind to quilt anything larger than a table runner. I always want to get it done as fast as possible but I can only free motion so long before I turn into a deranged quilter. That is normally the point where I mess up. So it would have taken me 2-3 sittings to get that done. I would have needed more than chocolate if I'd skipped over the tree section :)

beebee said...

Great quilt...so pretty. I know you will be happy when you finally finish it.

hugs
beebee

JustCindy said...

I would love to have a set up like. I have to quilt on the dining table and you know what that means. The quilt turned out beautiful! Chocolate I hope makes you feel better. What is your next project?

Danielle Hudson said...

Dang, you finished one yesterday and almost another one today? You go girl! I find feathers are easier to do either upside down, or sideways. if I try to make mine right side up, like a half a heart shape, they look funky every time. and not the good kind of funky:/ Also, it helps to mark the first few to get the groove. I'm no expert, it is just what has worked for me;)

suemac said...

Man you are brave.

Just Ramblin' said...

Wow! I can't believe you did this in one day. I would never be able to do that. I love the way it turned out. Now it is definitely time for chocolate!

QuiltNut Creations said...

Good for you Barb!

Sheila said...

Congratulation on the finish! That is one big accomplishment to have done it on a regular machine. It is a beautiful quilt that you can now say, "I did every stitch"! You definitely deserve some chocolate. :)

LynCC said...

Wow,Barb!!! You quilted it all just in one day? I'm IMPRESSED, Woman! :D

sandra said...

I just finished a large baby quilt about 50"by60" and talk about grumpy I still can't get my stitches even but I guess baby won't care. You did a wonderful job as usual and I love the quilt. Blessings Sandra

Cyndi said...

See....I KNEW you'd get it done! All that "stuffing and a fluffing" really paid off....it looks wonderful! And I think you should reward yourself with a BIG piece of chocolate! :o)

XOXO,

Cyndi

Quilter Kathy said...

See?!?! You CAN do it! You are really on a roll finishing quilts...great job...love them all!

Sarcastic Quilter said...

It amazes me what some of you can do on the domestic machines. I love quilting but ahd no patience for the stuff and fluff. At all. Part of me feels it's too messy. I knew I'd never spring for a long armer but was lucky enough to get a great deal and a good present from hubs. I think I've paid for it now by quilting myself instead of sending the quilts out but man, it took a little while. :D

I love your quilt and I love your perserverence just as much!

wackywoman said...

Worth it all; looks great. And, then there is the chocolate.

Wonky Girl said...

Wow- your quilting is great! I could never do that on a DSM. Looks like you did send it out for pro quilting.

Mrs Yoastie said...

Great job. Chocolate is a must in these situation :-)

Debi said...

Great job, I know how hard it is to quilt something that large on your regular machine...want some chocolate also!

Terry said...

Good for you stuffing and fluffing! I send my big quilts away to be quilted. I've stuffed and fluffed a few that were twin size but any bigger and I'm not going there! LOL

~Laurie~ said...

I give you TONS of credit for this stuffing and fluffing!! I've tried small wall hangings on my little ole Janome and I walk away with sore shoulders and crabbiness to fill a boat. I have admitted that it's just not for me. Good ole Joanne at Splitting Stitches gets my work AND she is cheap, cheap, cheap! LOL! Thanks for sharing your work with us :)

StitchinByTheLake said...

I'm right there with you! Is that the Janome that's "made for quilters"? I've got a Janome 1l000 but have been coveting the quilter one for some time. I'm wondering how it does. blessings, marlene

GerryART said...

Chocolate, this project demands Chocolate as a reward
for FINISHING . . . .

What perseverance !!!!!!!!

hugs

SewCalGal said...

Wow. Big quilt for fluff & stuff. Looks beautiful. Inspirational.....now I want to make one. You definitely deserve some chocolate. How about a bunch of chocolate at every Quilt Finish Celebration Party?

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

AnnieO said...

Stuff and fluff is a great description of home quilting on a domestic machine! Chocolate is a quilter's staple, of course. I like mine spread around pretzels with a candy coating a la Pretzel M&Ms...