MCM #117 – The Quilting is Finished!

I wanted to share pictures of this finish last Friday, simply because it feels like forever since I’ve had a Friday finish. But we all know that didn’t happen, so I’m happy to share this finish with you today as my topic for Main Crush Monday. Let me tell you, I am crushing hard on this quilt! I’m beyond pleased with how it turned out.

Half square triangle quilt with detailed cross hatch quiltingYou may remember I finished this top some time ago. I’ve just been waiting for my turn on my longarm to get it quilted. Yes, I had to wait my turn on my own machine! Something sounds wrong with that… 🙂

I feel like this quilt fought me every step with the quilting. To be honest, everything that went wrong was my fault. I mean, I was driving the machine.  First I wasn’t sure of the design in the small HST blocks. I stitched three of them before I decided I had to change direction and do something different. Then I stitched some of the crosshatch too close together. Then I stitched some too far apart. It was just me getting distracted and not paying attention. So I did a bit of picking out of stitches.

But really, it wasn’t as bad as I make it sound.

Close up of curved cross hatch quilting
The diamonds in the sashing rows were a lot of fun to stitch out. I took a lot of breaks to stretch out my back because I found myself bending over to get my nose close to the quilt top. I needed to see all those tiny stitches!

If you want to know how I stitched the sashing design I’ll sketch it out for you later this week.  It’s pretty easy and goes pretty quickly.

See where those straight lines are in the half square triangle blocks? (Below) I originally wanted to do feathers there. I struggled to get them to look pretty without a lot of thread build-up on the spine. That’s when I decided simple might be better, picked them out, and stitched the straight lines. The lesson I learned here – don’t be afraid to change your quilting plan mid-stream!

Half Square Triangles Straight Line QuiltingNow all I have to do is bind it, put on the hanging sleeve, and add a label. I’m hoping that will happen today. *fingers crossed*

In other news at the Cooking Up Quilts homestead, we’re having some work done on the outside of the house and it’s become a bigger job than anticipated. Doesn’t home reno always throw a surprise or two at you?

We are having new siding and a new metal roof installed. The siding crew started on Thursday and worked all weekend. Here’s an outdoor shot of the sunroom that houses Freddie Fusion.

Sunroom remodelSee all that black on the wood under the windows? Turns out all that is rotted wood. Apparently when the sunroom was built, the siding wasn’t installed correctly. So for 15 years water has been getting behind the siding and slowly rotting the wood. The guys will be making repairs today so they can finish the siding job. There is even moss growing in a couple of places. Geesh! I’m glad we found it and it’s going to be repaired. I just hope we don’t find any more surprises!

Now you know what’s going on in my world. I’d love for you to share what’s going on in yours! It’s time to share your quilty crush with us. You can link any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic – here’s how:

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About Beth

I'm a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get "licking the spoon" mixed up with "licking the fabric"!!
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30 Responses to MCM #117 – The Quilting is Finished!

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  2. Gorgeous!! Isn’t that micro-stitching back and forth filler just the BEST for popping off ghost shapes? Bet you can’t stop petting this quilt all the day long ha!

  3. Mia is mine says:

    I can see why you’re “crushing” on this quilt! The piecing’s beauty is totally highlighted by your beautiful quilting! Amazing!

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  5. Rebecca Grace says:

    Ugh — so sorry about the Rotted Wood Surprise! Hopefully there will be no more icky surprises with your renovation. But your quilt is just stunning! Congratulations!! I’m wondering, do you think it would be worthwhile to make up a small, placemat sized sample piece with a few extra blocks just to test out the quilting designs you’re thinking of doing on a big quilt? Even though I had a plan going in and I thought it was a good one, I still had some early flubs to rip out with my Tabby Mountain quilt. It seems like maybe the spacing of crosshatching, for instance, might be easier to judge when you quilt it on a sample block just like the ones in your quilt. I’ve never made a little sample like that before, but now that I know that it takes an HOUR to rip out two minutes’ worth of longarm quilting, the sample doesn’t seem like such a huge waste of time anymore!

  6. Diane Chambers says:

    Love those quilting ideas for the HSTs. Going to save the idea to my collection of inspirations. Gorgeous!

  7. Susan says:

    You should be incredibly proud of that quilt – it looks fabulous! Even though you fought with it a bit, I think in the end you won as the quilting really makes it shine!
    As for the house, with moss and wood rot, I feel your pain. Water has a way of getting in and causing lots of damage.

  8. Sorry about the house problems. Just looking at the picture I thought there were issues with the windows. Hopefully there isn’t nasty mold growing in the wood. Your quilt is fabulous. You really can do complex quilt so well. Now to get the binding on it — soon!

  9. Deana says:

    It appears you are doing the same things we are. We got a new roof in May and are doing stucko and rock on the exterior right now.

    Good luck with that project. I hope you love it when it is done.

    Your quilting is to die for on that quilt! Congratulations on the finish.

  10. Bernie says:

    The quilting is gorgeous Beth. I can’t even imagine. I love hearing your thoughts and how you planned each section. Detailed quilting is a mystery to me. I don’t understand how you move from one place to another. Do you do each motif all at once? For instance on the HST’s, did you do the curved line all the way across and then go back and do the straight lines? (I don’t have a long arm so it is mystifying to me.) That grid pop in the sashing is awesome.

    Home renovation is never without surprise at our house either. sigh. At least you caught the rot issue before it was a much bigger issue.

  11. Vicki in MN says:

    Your quilt is so pretty, all the great quilting effort paid off big time! I think a lot of us rip and change plans midstream!

  12. The quilting texture is so lovely, Beth! I’m glad you listened to the inner voice and changed things up in your quilting plan. And I hope there are no more surprises in the renovation, but it sure sounds like a good thing you were doing them and the problem was caught before it got any worse.

  13. kaholly says:

    Fabulous job quilting that pretty top!

  14. Denise says:

    The quilting is gorgeous.

  15. All the best for painless renovations. The quilting on this one is just amazing. Thanks for sharing your decisions in detail.

  16. Jayne says:

    The quilting is beautiful! So funny that you had to wait! Good luck with the work on your house. There is always something unexpected that comes up when remodeling! At least you can rest assured it will be done right this time!

  17. Liz W. says:

    Congrats, the quilting is amazing! You know how much I love dense quilting 🙂 I especially like the way the diamond pops up!

  18. Liz W. says:

    Congrats, the quilting is amazing! You know how much I love dense quilting 🙂 I especially love the way the diamond pops up!

  19. oh wow – that is truly a beautiful quilting job on that quilt!! I love all that you did. Now on the home remodel…ugh – glad they found it and can fix it – but oh boy – what a pain!

  20. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about this quilting which is thoroughly amazing, btw. I also love the colour selection throughout this quilt.

  21. Beautiful quilt! Your final quilting design is just perfect 🙂 Glad you found that wood rot before it became a much bigger problem!

  22. Sometimes the work of ripping out and starting over is worth it – and this is a great example. The quilt is stunning. Same goes for the renos…won’t it be nice knowing that under the new siding everything is good?!

  23. Beth, that is just wonderful quilting. Thanks for sharing your quilt story. Your home will be beautiful when all is done. Something to look forward to.

  24. Lisa says:

    Beautiful work on your quilt Beth. My husband works in construction and there are always surprises.

  25. I love, love, love that quilt, and your quilting is just fabulous! Ah yes, home renovation is always an adventure. Sorry to hear about the wood rot, but good thing they found it. I agree with you that hopefully that will be it for surprises! Hope you have a good pair of earphones for the noise 🙂

  26. Kate says:

    The quilting is gorgeous! Congrats on a beautiful almost finish. Home repair is one of those things that always seems to throw people curves. Glad you found it before it caused a bigger problem.

  27. rl2b2017 says:

    Hi Beth! I think your quilt looks absolutely beautiful. I would love to see your quilting design layout, as I am always looking for ideas. Were you able to do a lot of this in a continuous line or were there a lot of threads to bury? I can honestly say I wouldn’t ever think to just do some straight-line stitching in the HSTs, but it sure looks great! In fact, I’m going to PIN a few photos just so I can remember some of your ideas. Renovations – are they ever straightforward? Not in my experience – there’s always something. Always! Happy Monday! ~smile~ Roseanne

  28. You did a great job with the quilting, Beth! It looks amazing. So sorry to hear that the wood rot, glad they found it and it can be repaired.


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  30. shoshana says:

    your quilt is just absolutely beautiful!!!!! i also quilted something just now, that i had a very hard time getting done, or more to the point starting…. i had in mind to do spirals and soft round quilting, but the quilt kept telling me straight lines, i finally listened and it came out very well!!!!!enjoy your gorgeous work

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