This is another one of my stash busting quilts. I actually cut out the kit for it when I was cutting out fabrics for Cheetah's Eagle Project. I pieced the quilt top one day when I needed a break from packing. It felt good to finish a flimsy (or two) during that crazy time.
All of these strips were cut out at 6 inches wide, but then the strips were cut in half along the fold. I used about thirty half strips, sewing them together like a jelly roll race. However, after the first two long seams (four rows together), I cut the top in thirds so that there would be twelve rows.
I was going to try a different quilting design, but the long arm kept skipping stitches when I moved the machine away from me. This loopy spiral seemed to work better.
After talking to some people, I believe that the machine isn't in perfect timing. I didn't have that problem when using a size 18 needle (this was quilted with a size 16 needle). It was suggested that when moving the machine backwards the smaller needle was pushed a little forwards by the movement causing the stitches to skip. Even with the challenges, I still think it turned out pretty good.
I added the green to this quilt because that is what I had enough of for the backing.
I actually used a blue Aurifil thread for the needle.
And I used a green Aurifil thread for the bobbin.
The tension was good and it isn't too noticeable because they were about the same value. (I don't like using a dark thread for one and a light thread for other. That would be a lot more noticeable.)
The binding is scrappy using some of the teal fabrics from the top.
It really was a fun fast quilt to make. I will also be donating this one somewhere sometime this year. :)
Quilt Stats #175
Name: Teal and Green Race
Pattern: Race Quilt Variation
Fabric: From my old stash
Amount Used: 6 yards
Batting: Mountain Mist Polyester
Size: About 54 x 66 inches
Date Finished: February 2016
What I learned:
- I learned more about the timing on the Fusion.
- I really do love fast finishing quilt.
Next, I have another stash busting quilt to share.
P.S. I will be linking up with some of the fun parties on my sidebar. Check them out to see what other quilters have been making.