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Monday, July 20, 2009

Micro Handles, Try #1

A couple months ago, my mom gave me a quilt to throw on the frame and play with...it is one she did at a retreat a couple years ago and just wasn't ever crazy about, so it was a good one for me to practice with. I will let her tell the whole story and show a full picture on her blog.

I was inspired by photos in a webshots album that I saw ages ago and had that idea in mind for quilting this one, although I quickly realized my skill isn't even close to this lady's. I thought it would be a great chance to try out my Micro handles that I bought a couple months ago, because I could practice intricate designs in each of the sections.

I loaded the quilt several weeks ago and it sat while I tried to decide what to do with it. I finally got going on it about a week ago and finished it up this weekend. I used Bottom Line on the top and bottom and had some tension issues with the red fabric on the border (but the rest were okay - wierd). I spent about 4 hours quilting this and it is only a wall hanging size. I wound up with lots of neck and shoulder aches from it because I was bent over the handles, in a chair too tall, and a little too tense about it.

In the end, it is okay, but I still have lots and lots of practice to do. I thought I would show the one part I am really proud of - the center. I did a sun image with figure eights around the circle.

And here's the back - you can see all that went into it. I think it will be a while before I pick up the micro handles again!


Moneik said...

I think it looks great! I can imagine how sore you are though. I know when I concentrated on swirls I was really sore. It takes courage to go outside the box and learn something new.

jillquilts said...

I think it looks good! I still haven't quilted Milky Way, but it has been on the frame for a week now. I have been practicing my e's and l's that will go in the border and I have my thread all picked out.

You are doing great with your quilting!!!

piecesofpatti said...

That looks really good! Lots of work!

BitnByAQuiltingBug said...

Wow! You did great! I love that loopy style thingie....nice name for it, eh? I think you did an amazing job!

Trish said...

It looks great. When I use my micro handles I sit on a short stool so that I am not hunched over. It took a couple of tries to find the right height for the stool, but it was worth it.