Monday, March 7, 2011

I machine quilted a quilt!

I just can't stop grinning! I did it! I machine quilted a quilt!


I haven't buried the threads yet and the binding isn't on yet, but Donald is upstairs sleeping under his very own quilt tonight. He's thrilled because his brother has had a quilt from me for years and its his turn. I'm thrilled because I slapped on the walking foot and machine quilted the whole thing in two sessions at the sewing machine. How novel to have a quilt quilted in just a few days instead of the couple of months it takes me when I do it by hand! I won't be abandoning hand quilting because I love the process and how it looks, but I'm excited to add this new technique into my repertoire. Granted, I'm not showing you any close-ups because it isn't all that well done, but I'm happy!

I'm also happy because all my hard work is finally coming to fruition - 180 students are arriving tomorrow to spend 3 days on campus to compete for 44 full scholarships. I've been working my tush off, but today, instead of being stressed, I left work on time and without my laptop because I AM READY. Bring 'em on!

The next two days will be long ones, so I pampered myself a bit this weekend...

I'll be pampering myself again next weekend if I can - a pot of tea, a good book, a cozy quilt and the recliner. It's a date!

10 comments:

Char said...

Congratulations! I knew you could do it. It looks great. I'm sure Donald is tickled.

Good luck with the students.

Julie Fukuda said...

WELL DONE!
You earned some pampering.

Shay said...

From where I'm sitting the quilting looks perfect. Way to go on mahcine quilting something. I hope we can get as excited for me if I ever hand quilt something (which I have never done )

It looks smashing!

Good luck with the next 48 hours. Im sure they'll be long , hard and crazy. You'll deserve the recliner, the book and the tea by the time the weekend rolls around!

Becky said...

The quilt looks great! The tea tray looks enticing and will keep you going through the week! Hang in there! Love ya!

Wilma NC said...

I used to hand quilt everything, even a king size quilt once that took 5 years from start to finish. Once I started machine quilting, things changed, lol. I still like ti hand quilt small things though. I find it soothing.

Stray Stitches said...

Congratulations! I bet Donald is so proud to have a quilt made by Mom on his bed! The quilting looks wonderful. It sounds as if the rest of your week will be extremely busy. I hope you get that well deserved rest time this weekend.

quiltfool said...

Hey, good for YOU! It is very freeing and makes those quilts you just want to make up a lot easier to finish. That way, you can save your time to hand quilt an heirloom. Lane

Rachel said...

Hurray for you! It looks great :)

Nancy said...

Hoorah for you on the machine quilting! When you have more time I'd love to hear how you deal with a big quilt on the machine.

Good luck with the students there this week! You will certainly have earned your relaxation this weekend!!

joe tulips said...

Congrats on the quilting and work! Is that Pikachu laying by the bed?