Frankenstein – Done Stitching

24 05 2013

On Monday evening, I put the last hand-stitches into Frankenstein’s binding! I cannot tell you how psyched I am to finally have a finish in this year. So much of my time has been spent on starts and things in progress – and I know that this is the natural progression of things, in order to get to the finish – but sometimes one just needs to complete something.

Of note – I’m ridiculously pleased with my binding on this baby. It’s nicely full, uses a striped fabric effectively, and in three of the four corners, the mitering is kick-ass. The fourth one just wasn’t happening unless I backtracked and ripped out my stitches and redid about four hours of work. I decided that one slightly less than perfect corner was an acceptable trade-off for retaining that four hours for something else.

Frankenstein CompleteFrankenstein

55″ X 55″ – 1.5 yards of solid fabrics, 1 to 1.5 yards of scraps in top

Frankenstein Backing
Approximately 2 yards in backing, and 1/4 yard of binding

I went with minimalist quilting on this, choosing to use my walking foot to stitch along the seams. I wanted it to be softer and more snuggly than my usual quilt jobs. As I quilted this one up, I noticed that Bessie isn’t operating optimally with the table – I think I’m moving too fast, and defying the speed at which the walking foot moves. On the other hand, Bessie was NOT happy with trying FMQ – I think I need to reduce drag a bit more yet, and get a Supreme Slider. If Bessie still doesn’t handle FMQ well, I may have to retire her and switch to use my Janome for piecing and quilting.

Now that I’ve had a few years with Bessie, I’m seeing that she was definitely built for garment making, and I wish I’d made a different choice when picking a new machine. However, I don’t have a ton of extra money to drop on a new machine, so I’ll make her work if she can. If she can’t, I at least have an option to try. In the end, honestly, I think that my Janome will be the machine that I use from now on, once I’ve made the adjustment to that machine. I’m reluctant, because I hate the bobbin feed mechanism. It’s side loading, not drop in, and URGH.

But I digress…. My hope is that Frankenstein will be a gift for friends expecting their first little one – if the little one is a boy. If not then, Zebediah is enthralled by it, having already claimed it to sleep under Thursday evening. If the little one proves to be a girl, well then, I’ve an excuse to make another quilt.

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4 responses

24 05 2013
Robyn of Oz

It is a really lovely quilt. Only God does perfection, so you are entitled to a wonky mitre, and it is likely that no one but you is going to notice anyway!
Well done on getting it completed. I’ve got a few quilt tops done, but lack of funds for batting and backing fabric have meant they will have to wait.
There is nothing like the sense of accomplishment on a job well done.

25 05 2013
Grey Cat Quilts

Thank you! And I totally figured that no one else but me would notice the slightly wonky corner, or I probably would have ripped it out.

I’ve a few tops myself that are waiting on funds to buy backing and batting. Sadly, they’re the ones I want to finish the most!

26 05 2013
rebecca (princessmax)

I’d check with the parents before deciding the quilt wouldn’t be right for their potential daughter. I have two girls and until they can choose themselves, I’ve chosen to radically minimize pink in thir lives. But even if I hadn’t, I wouldn’t rule out such an awesome quilt for them just because it isn’t specifically feminine.

Nice job!

27 05 2013
Grey Cat Quilts

Oh, I definitely plan on asking them. They very unique individuals and may prefer the ‘boyish’ color scheme over something that likely would end up very pink.

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