Thursday, September 1, 2011

More Practice with Hattie

The semester has started. It started last week. I'm working on Wednesdays again which means not much sewing happens on Wednesdays. I'm online a lot on Wednesday so I do get to get caught up with my blog reading in between classes and work tasks.

Tuesday afternoon I basted this quilt together in preparation for quilting.

I pieced this at my last guild retreat in February and blogged about it here. I didn't start on it on Tuesday because I didn't know how I wanted to quilt it. I tried several things on paper. I decided that I needed to actually practice stitching my idea so I found some scrap fabric and batting. I drew two blocks onto the fabric using a sharpie then sandwiched them and tried out my idea. Click on the image to see it larger.

I like it! At the bottom of the photo above you can see the ruler I purchased to use with Hattie. There are lots of long arm rulers you can buy but I decided that for now all I want is a straight ruler. It is really difficult to make a straight line with Hattie over a long distance. This ruler works surprising well and isn't difficult to use. I will use it to stitch in the ditch between the blocks.


West Michigan Quilter said...

Love the design you created. It will look perfect on that quilt.

Quilting Yai Yai said...

I like it! I like it!
And the quilt, too!
Happy Quilting!

Mama Pea said...

Good idea. I like your design, too. I am amazed how you can get a quilt basted and ready to go. That is always my stumbling block. I dislike that part and so I don't get it started! I now have three waiting for me. Sigh.

Linda said...

Looks awesome!! Your practice time really shows!!