Better Than Watching Paint Dry

That’s my assessment of the quilting I’m doing on Curves Ahead, my modern drunkards path project you all helped me with. I did go with the random layout.

random 1 layout

I decided to sew a serpentine stitch with my walking foot, as I felt the curves of the stitch echoed the curves in the quilt’s design. When I get this done I think the result will be effective.  The catch is getting it done.

For some, sewing is meditative. For me, unless I pay attention my mind and my stitching drift off course. My mental game is to tally the number of rows of stitching I still need to sew. The quilt is 10 blocks wide. I’m sewing about nine rows of stitching per block. That means I need to sew about 90 rows of stitching. So far I’ve done 18 rows, which leaves 72 rows to go. I also count down as I sew. Each line of stitching is 13 blocks long. Four blocks is about one third done, six and a half blocks is one half, etc.

As an aside, I don’t like the serpentine stitch on my Janome 6500. It takes very small stitches at the top of the curve, and I can’t elongate it. I hope I don’t have to rip it out. But it’s what I have, so it will have to do.

Cuves Ahead quilting

Are there tricks you use to help keep you focused while you quilt? I need all the tricks I can get. This baby is barely one fifth quilted.

16 Comments

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16 responses to “Better Than Watching Paint Dry

  1. I love the numbered fabric. What line is it? Can’t wait to see this finished. Your loud colors with the light background is stimulating. I dug into my stash and it might be your fault (that’s what I might tell my hubby anyway) that the current project is going to be a UFO for awhile… After seeing yours, my brain is screaming at me to do loud colors on white. Gosh darn it… You are inspiring me again.

    • The numbered fabric is called Twenty Three by Cosmo Cricket and is made by Moda. The pattern # is 37052. Good thing I hadn’t cut off the selvage. I don’t know if it’s available anymore as I bought my yardage on deep clearance about 6 months ago. And the loud colors are a large charm pack of Kaffe Fassett fabrics. Personally, I think what makes this quilt striking is the super sizing of the drunkards path.

  2. Since I don’t quilt with a machine, I can’t quite relate BUT counting and staying on track is a huge part of weaving so maybe we’re basically doing the same things!

    • You’re quite right, but it seems more fun when weaving. Maybe it’s because I used to tick each row completed off on my weaving sheet. And sometimes I even got to change the treadling. Alas, that isn’t happening with this quilt.

  3. This makes me laugh: “My mental game is to tally the number of rows of stitching I still need to sew. The quilt is 10 blocks wide. I’m sewing about nine rows of stitching per block. That means I need to sew about 90 rows of stitching. So far I’ve done 18 rows, which leaves 72 rows to go. I also count down as I sew. Each line of stitching is 13 blocks long. Four blocks is about one third done, six and a half blocks is one half, etc.”

    Why? Because I DO THE SAME THING!! I’m always counting, up, down, taking percentages… I’ve always done that, even in grade school with homework.

    As to quilting (stitching through the layers,) if I don’t pay close attention, bad things happen. When I lose capability, it’s time to quit.

    • I’ve found a secret society of counters out there. I don’t think I did this when I was in school, but repetitive tasks aren’t to my taste, so I do mentally figure how much more I have to do. Of course, my best initial advice is to show up and begin. That is often the hardest part for me.

  4. jennyklyon

    Oh dear-you’re a counter too! I count all kinds of stuff and it’s not always useful! I do love what you’ve made and it’s going to be fabulous when it’s finished. Best suggestions: wine and/or chocolate.

  5. patty

    Are you talking about me? LOL! Yes, I like to have movies on while I free motion matchstick quilt. Those movies are ones I have seen over and over again, but they still entertain me as I quilt. I love it when there is a Rambo, Rocky, or Clint Eastwood western marathon playing!

  6. The layout looks great, and the bit of serpentine stitching we can see does look good with the design. Personally, though I like the effect of straight line and serpentine stitching and think it really enhances some quilts, I find it rather mind numbing to quilt large areas of it!

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