Quilting: Les Fleurs Bleu

I wasn’t sure what to work on today, I have a number of quilts to be quilted and to be honest, I’ve been procrastinating. I started using my Bernina 550 Qi but quickly became frustrated by the tiny throat space so I put her to bed without dinner and got my Juki TL-2000 Qi off the frame and set her up instead. I completely forgot that you’re supposed to put the needle in sideways! It took me about half an hour to figure everything out again, with the use of the manual.

Bending Pins: Juki TL-2000 Qi

What a joy, look at the room I have have to quilt under that throat, I love it! I’m stitching in the ditch around the flowers, not sure if I’m going to do much more than that because the less quilting you do, the softer the quilt. The more quilting, the stiffer the quilt and I like mine soft.

With luck I’ll be binding this beauty tomorrow.

Yesterday I tried another Michelle Patterns clutch but my interfacing is too stiff and it didn’t turn out the way I wanted. I also worked on my Lucky Stars BOM for February.

Lucky Stars BOM

It’s not perfect but to be honest, I’m not really fond of paper piecing, I find it very awkward and really stiff with the paper. I do like that you can create more intricate designs, certainly designs you wouldn’t be able to make any other way.

Do you like paper piecing? Be honest…

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20 thoughts on “Quilting: Les Fleurs Bleu

    • Don’t get me wrong, I love my Bernina 550 QE for piecing and other projects but the harp space is just too small to wrestle a quilt through! And not to worry, I oil every other bobbin change. ๐Ÿ˜€

  1. I hate paper piecing! It seems like there are too many steps –printing up the papers, scoring the lines, and the worst-picking off the paper bits when you’re done. I have found a way to get around it and still make those cool designs. I can email you my methods that I’ve tinkered with if you’re interested. I say boo to paper piecing…and the waste of fabric that some people take as a given. Boo…one big BOO!

    • You really hit the nail on the head Cathy, paper piecing is such a colosal waste of fabric — the bits that are cut off after sewing!! I would love to hear about your methods, please send them to me at bendingpins {at} gmail.com

      THANKS!

  2. Well, it’s clearly not for everyone, but I love paper-piecing. I really like the precision and, like you said, that you can create more intricate designs. Truthfully, I love it all….everything about quilting whether it’s paper-piecing or traditional piecing….love it. Nothing I’d rather do!

    • Thanks for the pro-paper piecing comment, I love having the pros and cons, thank you for commenting!
      p.s., The only other Zurn I know lives in Berlin. ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. Paper piecing results are precise and impressive, but I sew because fabric is tactile and sensual. Paper is for origami and calligraphy.

    • Thank you for your point of view. Paper is very tactile as well as there are many different finishes from textured and embossed to super smooth. I also think EPP is a very slow way for some to avoid learning how to sew y-seams. ;D

  4. Well I can’t speak to paper piecing (only played with it once), but I wanted to ask you about your machines. I fell in love with your quilting that you posted on PR when you got the 550. Although previously never had a nudge to quilt, I saw your work and wanted to create beautiful FMQ like that! So, I’m wondering how the Juki does with intricate FMQ?

    And have you done tight topstitching curves with the Juki?

    Thanks!

    • Hi Laurel, the Juki can do intricate free motion quilting, it’s just a matter of needle and thread size, it’s more difficult to quilt tightly with 50wt thread than it is with something like Superior’s Kimono Silk thread. The main difference between the two is that I have a stitch regulator on the Bernina. It isn’t perfect and doesn’t guarantee perfect stitches but certainly helps. I have free motion quilted with the Juki, I should practice more! I use quilting gloves and a silicone mat on the sewing bed to help the quilt move smoothly. If you have any more questions, please feel free to ask!

      ~ Tabatha

  5. Your Feb star is great. I like the colour combo. I don’t have a strong opinion re paper piecing. I am finding that pre cutting rectangles for this BOM is producing less waste than not pre cutting and just guessing. When we pay $25+ per metre for fabric in NZ any waste is horrible to see! I use a spray bottle to wet the paper at the end and it comes off much easier.

    • That’s true, pre-cutting strips produces a little less waste, I just hate it when I’m a few mm short! *grrr* Wow, $25+ per metre really hurts, I thought $12.00 was bad!!

  6. Love those blues in the one you’re quilting – Isn’t it too bad we can’t have both worlds – Fancypants quilting AND soft drape? ๐Ÿ˜€ I’d be in heaven. Oh well, most everything in life is a trade-off of what we want most! Love the varying golds in your BOM star. And paper piecing sure is a mixed bag on whether people like it or not. Once you get in the groove with it, though, you can cut way back on fabric loss. Wayyy back! I won’t be dropping the technique out of my arsenal when it’s the only/easiest way to yield coolness. ๐Ÿ™‚

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