Thursday, October 21, 2010

A choo choo train

I did go to my jury duty and was not selected. Yay! I'm grateful because it was a criminal trial for assault with a deadly weapon and I would have been a wreck. It was a long day though. Pretty amazing to see how the system works.

On to more fun things, I finished one of the first quilts I pieced. I think this was the 3rd quilt I put together. But since doing the actual quilting is one of my least favorite parts, it has sat for a while waiting to be finished.

I made this one before I discovered all the "designer fabrics", but I'm still happy with how it turned out. I wanted to make something for my nephew who is 2 and loves Thomas the train. Here is the finished quilt.

This is the Thomas fabric that I started with.

I pieced a little along with my label into the back.

I did a custom printed label for him. Unfortunately, I wound up getting a bunch right over it when I quilted it. I didn't notice it until I put the binding on. I'm debating whether I should pull that line out and re-do it or just leave it. What do you think? Any tips on how to deal with these gathering issues?

Something new to me this time was the thread I used for the quilting. I couldn't decide on a color so I decided to try a rainbow thread that was blue/orange/yellow. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. When looking at it from further away the quilting looks like it disappears and comes back. And I think that helps my straight lines look a little straighter!  How do you decide on your quilting thread?


grandmarockton said...

very nice job! doesn't every little boy like THOMAS?

SplendidlyImperfect said...

Your quilts are all coming out so cute! That's a bummer about that line. Do you think pulling it out would fix it?

Susan said...

I really like your quilt label.


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