Sunday, October 17, 2010

Bowtie Madness

I spent a great deal of time yesterday machine quilting on the Bowties quilt for my brother's 50th birthday next week. 
For the 4 patches I just eyeballed across the 1" squares but used quarter inch masking tape as a guide for the bowties and larger open spaces. 

The patchwork borders also were completed, grid style.  The last thing I did last night was move the rest of the pins for finishing the channel quilting one direction. I had to move almost every single darn safety pin Mom and I placed in order to do the machine quilting!  Not having a plan when you pin is a *P.I.T.A.  Lesson learned.    The quilting lines are 2" apart so I won't need any pins once all the same-direction quilting is completed. Then I'll start the cross hatch the other direction.  Still have to come up with something for the spacer band but it will be something simple for sure!  *Pain in The Arse.

Finally, a shout out to my dad, who celebrated a birthday last week.  He doesn't usually like most photos of himself, but this one he did.  I like it too!  Taken in 2008 at Rosslyn Chapel on a once in a lifetime trip my folks took to Ireland and Scotland.  He even rented a car and braved driving the narrow lanes of Ireland.  Happy Birthday, Dad!


Barb said...

Your brother is going to love this quilt.... Happy Birthday to your dad!

Quilter Kathy said...

Your photos make me want to drop everything I have to do today and just do some machine quilting :) ENjoy!

Shay said...

Happy Birthday to your Dad Annie.

I like the idea of simple quilting , and it's already look fabulous. Cant wait to see this finished. Your brother is going to love it.

I find it doesnt matter how hard you plan you always have to move is a PITA.

*karendianne. said...

Happy Birthday to Dad!!!

Annie, what great quilting. You rock, girlfriend. You totally rock.

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Happy Birthday, Dad! The Bowtie quilt looks wonderful and the quilting is perfect. Well done.

Joyful Quilter said...

Looks like you are making great progress. Look at the positive side, you will not have to remove those pins when the quilting is done.

Unknown said...

HaHa, I love PITA. I will ahve to remember to use that sometimes! The quilt is coming out lovely. Happy Birthday to your Dad!

libbyquilter said...

can hardly wait to see the bow tie all finished up~! lucky brother you have.

happy birthday to your dad.


loulee said...

I like those borders on the bowtie quilt.
Best wishes to your dad.

Marg said...

Happy belated Birthday to your Dad.
Your quilting is fabulous, your brother is one lucky guy.
I agree with Mrs P, I have always had to move my pins. Obviously not good at planning.

Nanette Merrill said...

Happy birthday to your sweet dad. Enjoy him. Love the bow ties.

Tanya said...

Happy Birthday to your dad! Nice photo! Such a handsome family you have. (I've met you and your mom!)

Your quilting is looking good too! Hope to see your brother holding his quilt!