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Quilting Away on the Storm at Sea

I had to show you some more peeks!  I’m not quilting it as well as I had hoped I would, yet it’s better than I expected.  I don’t always hit my marks right on, but I’m just having so much fun quilting this one, and I’m liking the way it looks.  If you do like Eleanor says, and just hang it up and go by at 30 or 40 miles an hour, it looks pretty good!  🙂  Somewhere after the first few “bobbles” where my stitches didn’t land exactly where I was aiming, I remembered why I made this one in the first place.  Because I saw it in a Fons & Porter magazine and fell in love with it, and thought “I want one of those”.  So I said to myself, quit obsessing over every little mistake, and enjoy what you are doing.  Suit yourself and worry about no one else.  Wow! What a little epiphany!  I still think I might put it in the quilt show I have in mind.  We’ll see.  Oh yea, here I am rambling again, and you just wanna see pics, don’t ya!?

I really struggled over what to put in the large diamonds.  I finally came up with this design, after doodling like a gagillion other ideas, used a paper template of the diamond to fold up like when you cut snowflakes, so I could make a symmetrical template.  Then I used the paper template to trace the pattern out on craft foam.  I’ve been using a Fons & Porter chalk pencil, or a Marvy marker to trace the design.  This shape has been a little challenging for me to quilt “perfectly”, but I’m finding the more of them I do, I’m getting the hang of it a little better.

I also tried out this chalk spray, to mark the stencil designs.  I like it, it works pretty well, but it is a bit messy, kind of expensive, and puts off some pretty strong fumes.

I really like the way the back is looking.  I couldn’t get a really good pic of it, though.

If you haven’t commented on my Blog Birthday Post yet, don’t forget to scroll down to it, and get yourself entered in my reward challenge give-away! There will be one lucky winner come Saturday morning.  I can’t tell you how the nice comments that have already been left have warmed my heart!


25 thoughts on “Quilting Away on the Storm at Sea

  1. Yessirree bob=di=doo ! I’ll be likin’ this too ! Wow! You are knockin’ the heck out of this one, Randi. It is … well just beautimatistic! Not that my remarks are “over the top” or anything …..

    Maybe I need to think about the words I want to describe what I see. Nahhhhh makin’ words up is good.

    I love it.


  2. It looks great! I like the craft foam template. I’ve never thought of using it for that but it’s a great idea. Now get back in there and finish that beauty!


  3. Randi, it’s looking awesome! I can’t wait to see the whole thing done and making you happy in your own space. Enjoy and don’t be so hard on yourself.


  4. I really, really like the template you made for the diamonds! It is perfect for this space and to go with the stencil you chose. I am excited to see the whole thing!


  5. I think what you are quilting is great. Love the template for the diamonds! And I really love the colors of the the fabrics in your Storm at Sea. It’s going to be absolutely beautiful when you’re finished.


  6. I think it looks great. Thanks for the inspiration. I am going to “borrow” your template idea. I just got through using golden thread paper for that purpose and YIKES there’s paper shrapnel all over my sewing room.


  7. The quilt is so beautiful and I like what you are doing with your quilting- can’t wait to see the finished product!
    Linda Kay


  8. Yeah, the spray chalk is a bust…. I am anxious to see the entire quilt when you are done, what an unusual way to quilt one of these, they make such a visual impact with so many quilting opportunities and variations….. Pretty cool indeed!


  9. Looking great Randi! Can’t wait to see it finished. I use that fun foam for templates too, aren’t they great?

    I didn’t like that spray either…very stinky and makes a huge mess..or maybe that’s just me.


  10. I LOVE the quilting! Now I’m hankering to finish piecing that scrappy back I have been slogging thru all week and get quilting for myself.


  11. I just stumbled on your blog, and my what a beautiful quilt you’re making. That quilting is just stunning. I’m a fairly new quilter, but haven’t attempted anything that challenging.


  12. What beautiful work!

    Sometimes my stitches don’t land exactly where I want them to either…I think that’s one thing that sets us apart from machines. 😀

    It’s Saturday! Time for your drawing! I’m glad I entered…whoever wins is going to be seriously blessed.


  13. Love the quilt and your quilting. I hadn’t thought about using the craft foam for templates….Great Tip that I’ll try. I’ve heard others say the spray chalk is very messy and smelly. I don’t think I’ll try it.

    Can’t wait to see the whole quilt finished!

    Judy in MO


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