“Aerial” is done.

I finished “Aerial,” a pattern by Carolyn Friedlander.

This was the first time I used the method, low-fat quilting. I had purchased the book, Machine Quilting in Sections. Don’t Finish Another Quilt Until You Read This Book, to learn how to reduce the bulk of the quilt. And I’m happy to report it worked. I was able to quilt the quilt in sections on my sewing machine. The only problem I had was re-assembling the batting. I had to be very careful to get the pieces to join without overlapping. Using the 2-inch strips of fusible tape from Marti Michell, I was able to attach the two pieces without any trouble. You can’t tell the batting is pieced.

As I quilted, my free motion skills improved and my circles started looking much better:

Aerial close-up

I also like the back of the quilt:

Aerial Back

I had added an airplane to the back to go with the aerial theme:

Aerial airplane

My daughter loves the quilt and will be taking it back to college with her. I’m very happy she loves something I have made and wants to use it.

Two Machine Quilting Projects

I have two Machine Quilting Projects in various stages of completion.

AERIAL QUILT:

I previously posted about my first attempt at low-fat quilting, and I’m about one-third of the way completed on the Aerial quilt:

I'm trying to make circles but I'm struggling once the circles start to get bigger.

I’m trying to make circles but I’m struggling once the circles start to get bigger.

A ROBOT FOR HOPE:

In the middle of working on the Aerial quilt, I agreed to make a “boy” quilt for the charity, Margaret’s Hope Chest, a quilt-a-long hosted by Crazy Mom Quilts. The pattern was a rail fence:

I used all scraps. Each strip is 2.5" by 6.5".

I used all scraps. Each strip is 2.5″ by 6.5″.

I had some “robot” pieces left over from another “boy” quilt I made.

robot print

I was inspired to create a “robot” for the back and to use a “circuit board” for the quilting:

rail fence circuit board

I used orange thread in the bobbin.

I used orange thread in the bobbin.

I really like how this looks.

I really like how this looks.

I’m about one-quarter through the quilt with the “circuit boards.” It needs to be completed and delivered by August 1. Calling technical support?

 

UPDATE:

It’s a wrap. I finished the quilt and shipped it. The final product was one of my favorites:

IMG_3220

IMG_3237

IMG_3250

 

Low-fat quilting.

I finished my Aerial quilt top, pattern by Carolyn Friedlander.

IMG_2883

I endeavor to quilt this on my machine, rather than hand quilting it. I purchased the book, Machine Quilting in Sections. Don’t Finish Another Quilt Until You Read This Book, to learn how to reduce the bulk of the quilt.

IMG_2884

I’m trying “Low-Fat Quilting” first.

I didn’t have a large floor to assemble the quilt sandwich. I took over the local high school’s weight room on a Sunday afternoon. (thanks to my sweet husband who is the head football coach)

The back of the quilt, attached to the floor with duct tape.

The back of the quilt, attached to the floor with duct tape.

Then the batting.

Then the batting.

The top.

The top.

I pinned just the middle third of the quilt.

I pinned just the middle third of the quilt.

I pulled the top and back away from the batting and cut the batting in a wavy line.

I pulled the top and back away from the batting and cut the batting in a wavy line with scissors — about 2 inches from the safety pins.

I marked the right top and left top so I can put it back the right way.

I marked the right top and left top so I can put it back the right way.

IMG_2970

I rolled it up. It's ready for quilting.

I rolled it up. It’s ready for quilting.