Three Mennonite Quilting Sisters

Three Mennonite Quilting Sisters
Polly, Julia, Barbara

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Posted by Barbara

I tried a new technique for machine quilting:  
Move the width of the zig-zag stitch to 2mm and free motion quilt.  Julia used this technique on her "Ezekiel Saw the Wheel."  She inspired me to use this method.

   
Working with metallic thread can be very trying. It loops. It breaks. It skips stitches. So...I put my thread through a whisk, loosened the top tension, and used a metallic needle size 80. It worked like a charm. :)
  

Friday I spent the day at Father and Mother's machine quilting...The humming of the machine must of put them to sleep.  
 

 Parla is home for the week.  She and I are making a "Pinwheel Spin" quilt.  It was so much fun to see her arrange the pinwheels so the values and colors were "just right".  She has a wonderful eye for placement and is very accurate in her cutting and sewing.

5 comments:

Jo Anna said...

I like the effect of that quilting. Glad you both tried it first. Now I may have to be more brave. Someday. :-\

Michele said...

Beautiful use of the fabric.

And using the whisk....brilliant1

Anonymous said...

Your free-hand work is just beautiful. I laughed to myself when I saw the whisk. Sometimes "homemade" gadgets work better than bought ones!
-coleensr

PollythePatchworker said...

Mother and Father both look so peaceful and happy even when they are sleeping! Love them!

A mended Judi said...

Fabulous to land in your wonderful home! I have Amish/Mennonite ancestors and so very thankful to be able to pass on the hand-quilting technique to my daughter. I come from a very large Martin family from Indiana. 4 years ago, I suffered a stroke and had to be taught to quilt all over again. I've just finished writing my book A Thread Runs Through; a memoir of a mended life. It is being printed as we speak.