Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Practice Makes Perfect

Practicing my machine quilting.............I changed my needle, adjusted my tension just a tad and put in regular quilting thread to practice with and I've had much better results using the BSR (bernina stitch regulator). Getting my hands and the speed moving at just the right cadence is better too....LOL....I feel as if it's like that old trick of trying to pat your head and rub your stomach at the same time!

Practicing my machine embroidery..........oooohhhh.....I have sooo many cute designs to get to!! I'm not completely happy with the contrast on this one...but, hey.....that's what practice is for!!


Practicing on my new addiction......why.....it's Hexies of course!!............TIP: my joint at the top of my left index finger and my thumb began to ache while sewing my hexies....straining to keep the two pieces aligned and together.....so...I had an idea to use those same little hair clippees I use to hold down my quilt binding while I sew it on. Perfect!! Oh wow....now my hand can relax and the pressure on the joints is much better while I'm sewing them together.

I want to thank the bloggers in my previous post for playing along and sharing their quilt 'backs' with us. I wish there had been more participants.....I have seen a lot of lovely quilt backs out there!! So, if you have one you want to share....you still can....just go and add your link!!

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37 comments:

  1. I really need to practice my machine quilting; I'm terrible at it. I usually just stitch in the ditch and let it go at that. Sigh...

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  2. Looks like you've got the quilting down pat.. wish I was that good at it.

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  3. Your quilting is coming along beautifully and I like the analogy. And you clever girl, to think of using your clips for your hexies! I am off to add a couple of clips to my hexie bag right now, my right thumb thanks you very gratefully!

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  4. your hexagons are so nice and neat! great job!

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  5. Your quilting looks wonderful! Practice pays.
    I'll keep checking to see if more will join in on showing their quilt backs, Thanks for getting it started

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  6. What a great idea to share the backs. I just checked them all out and there are amazing backs out there. Alas, mine are all plain jane. Maybe one day I'll be posting my backside on my blog ;-)

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  7. Yes, practice does make it easier for sure. Great tip for the hexies. I may be working on mine tonight!

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  8. YOu are so busy - everything is lovely. The machine quilting is lovely.

    I still mean to get my backs posted - I haven't blogged in about a month - I really should get busy.

    That is a clever idea for the hexies.

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  9. I am so jealous of you and your new Bernina!

    Thanks for the tip on the hexi's! I also have the same problem, which you have now solved!

    Have a good Wednesday!

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  10. Now that is a clever idea!

    My quilt backs are all just plain jane - but I want to try piecing some.

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  11. Wow, your quilting looks wonderful, I only hand quilt, maybe someday I will try the machine, yours is great already!

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  12. You have a lot of fun projects in the works. Your practice is paying off.

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  13. I'm glad you are taking the time to practice, it really makes a difference.

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  14. Hia Belinda, sorry I couldn't join in the quilt back show- as you saw on my blog I've been away and the Christmas quilt is still waiting to be layered up. I'll share when I can. I've less than a week to sort something for daughter's birthday so that is next on the list.

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  15. That's the first I've seen how those hexagon things work - I'm glad you showed them in progress. Looks like you've got lots of fun projects going!

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  16. It is fun to see how other quilter's can find easier ways or ways that work for them. I'll have to remember this one. Thanks for sharing!
    Looks like your enjoying your machine....I really ought to use my embroidery more...shame on me!

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  17. The machine quilting looks great! When will you try quilting a big quilt? Or have you already done one?

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  18. Your machine quilting looks very nice! I'm still working on mine.
    Very pretty embroidery, too. My Brother has that feature, but I'm just not sold on it yet.
    Must get some clippies!

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  19. YEP!! You and Miss Bernie are really getting it together!! The quilting is fun.....that is the key to have fun!! When it is stressful.......do something else for awhile ;) Love the embroidery too. GAIL

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  20. Can I come over and touch your quilting?! I just LOVE the texture. What a pretty embroidery tooooo! Fantastic tip on clipping the hexies together -- you're a genius!

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  21. Waving hand in the air trying to attract your attention.

    Mum sent me a bagful of hexagons she picked up at a yard sale. Lots 70's fabric and some poly mix. I don't want them. Do you? As I'm getting together a Belinda Bag of Goodies I can send them too. Let me know.

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  22. You are so good to practice your machine quilting. I am too impatient for that. I usually do something simple or send it off. I don't think I would have the patience for hexagons either. Looks time consuming.

    Your quilting and hexies look great. Thanks for sharing.

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  23. Those little clippeys are so handy aren't they. Sorry I have not posted a back yet. It has been a little hairy around here lately. I'm hoping that it's going to slow down now.

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  24. Your machine quilting is looking great! Doesn't it get more and more fun?

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  25. LOVE your hexie trick!

    Wish I had a hopper foot so I could try quilting on my home machine - some day.

    How fun that you are able to embroider!!

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  26. So you say ...with a little practice everything goes better!!!??? ;o)
    Hope to try a new addition to my machine soon... just need to finish a quilt first .. so I can try!! ;o)

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  27. Practicing is a chore but sure helps you feel comfortable on "the real thing"!

    Clever girl, love the embroidery and the hair clip accessory!

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  28. Oh, I wish I could get a stitch regulator for my Bernina, but it's a 180 and they said it want fit it.
    Your practicing looks great and I really like the hint on the clip.
    Belinda about your last post, I can't even get the fronts made to get the backs done. LOL.
    Halloween costumes have taken over until the weekend.
    Keep Stitchen'
    Bonnie

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  29. Your quilting looks wonderful! See what practice does!
    Micki

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  30. Your practice quilting looks like you are ready to handle a big quilts.
    Love the towel. I think it looks good.

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  31. I think your machine quiltng looks great. How cool that you have the BSR - I have heard that it's a trick to get good at it. Just like good old Mom used to say: practice, practice, practice!

    Love that clippie idea! You're so clever! I'll have to remember that.

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  32. Your little sample quilt is looking great! I have a machine with the BSR, too, and I don't know what I did before that little invention. I like using it without the foot pedal. The only thing you have to think about then is where your hands are going!

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  33. Your machine quilting is looking great! And I LOVE your hexes, I might have to try my hand at those one of these days. x

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  34. Belinda, you are getting really good at machine quilt. It's very impressive. You have mastered it in a short time - Enjoy Nat

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  35. I am going to use that clip tip. My obsession is a tumbling blocks quilt on diamond paper pieces.

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