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Stitch Tease 2

Sunday, December 21st, 2014


I won the battle with the Bernina.

Although I did have to change the top thread before I went completely mental. The machine clearly didn’t like the thread I was trying to use for quilting – a very old Madeira rayon thread which I’ve used before and got away with and which I’m still determined to use up somehow (as I have about another 100 spools of it from a thread-selling venture in another life many moons ago…..) . Anyway, switching the top thread to a cotton one for the last third meant that I could finish the quilting without finishing off my sanity.

So here she is in all her second Stitch Tease quilt.


There were sizing issues with the blocks, which I remedies as best I could, but which mean there are some slightly chopped off points, but a blind man wouldn’t notice from a hundred yards so I’m not getting worked up about them either. I’m really pleased with how this turned out – it’s such a bright and happy quilt – and many thanks to the Stitch Tease girls for their lovely blocks!

I love finishing quilts – this one more than most because just in time it means that my fabric use for this year is a whole 6 yards more than my fabric purchases – I’m polishing my halo!!!


10 Responses to “Stitch Tease 2”

  1. Gillian Says:

    And so you should (polish your halo)! On many counts, a finish, a beautiful quilt, stash reduction and not least, persevering with your machine. That would’ve been my straw. Congrats 🙂

  2. Swissrose Says:

    Lovely! I’m always fascinated by the light/dark contrasts (or not) on quilts and how they affect the final product. You quilters are very clever ;o

  3. lynley Says:

    Beautiful! The colours are great … after much swearing and frustration I discovered my machine will only quilt with polyester thread! So I use all the expensive cotton threads for piecing, it works out OK. But I certainly feel your pain, it was days of hair pulling 🙂

  4. Julie Says:

    Your quilts are always cheering to look at, Helen! A powerful gift you have! xoxo

  5. CarlaHR Says:

    Another wonderful finish and a dent in your stash, mine has grown but that’s ok as I consider myself to still be a relatively new quilter.
    Wishing you and yours a wonderful Christmas and good health and happiness in the New Year.

  6. ailsa Says:

    I always found my Bernina to be picky about thread but my much newer Janome isn’t at all picky!

  7. Elaine Says:

    Fabulous! I love the cheery colours. Your perseverance was definitely worthwhile 🙂 Wishing you a peaceful Christmas and a happy (and crafty) 2015 x

  8. Diane stanley Says:

    I’m glad you figured out the problem and as you say, “it looks great from my view”. I’m sure my blocks were among the offending off sized ones but in the end it looks great. I hope your Christmas was a happy one.

  9. Sarah Says:

    It’s gleaming Helen! My intake was lots more than my output. That seems to happen when I work; money to buy fabric and no time to sew. I don’t know any stats, me just know the intake was HUGE, haha. The quilt looks great. Lovely bright colours. When things were not quite straight my Dad always uses the saying a blind man would be pleased to see it.

  10. Katy Says:

    Yay for winning the battle! I hope I didn’t contribute too many iffy blocks!