Mittwoch, 8. Januar 2014

WIP quilting resolutions for 2014 / or: which sewing machine should I get?



Wenn ich mir meine to-do-Liste hier am Blog ansehe, wird schnell klar, ich liebe das Entwerfen von Quiltmustern, das präzise Nähen. Aber wenn es ans Quilten geht, gerät meine 30 Jahre alte Pfaff zu schnell an ihre Grenzen, bei allem was größer als ein Topflappen ist. Deshalb fanden sich beim letzten Organisieren des Stoffschranks auch ca. 15 unfertige Quilttops. *seufz* Das soll sich 2014 ändern. Ich brauche also eine neue/zweite Nähmaschine zum Quilten. Ich möchte in diesem Jahr auch free-motion-quilting lernen. Ich hätte gerne eine normale Heimnähmaschine mit Raum für bettgroße Quilts, einem guten Untertransport, einer Nadel-runter-Position (wie heißt das auf Deutsch?) und wenn möglich auch mit Fadenabschneider. 1.000.000 verschiedene Zierstiche brauche ich nicht. Geradeausstich, Rückstich und Zickzack reichen. Ach ja, ein vernünftiger Preis wäre auch nett. ;) Deshalb brauche ich Eure Hilfe. Könnt ihr mir bitte eine solche Nähmaschine empfehlen? Welche habt Ihr selbst? Seid ihr zufrieden mit Eurer Maschine?
Looking back on my to-do-lists on this blog it´s very easy to see that I love to design patterns, preferably interlocking patterns and I love to piece quilttops but when it comes to quilting my old trusty Pfaff reaches its limits for everything bigger than a mug rug. The result is- when I was lately organizing my fabric cabinet I found about 15 unquilted quilttops! That´s something I want to change in 2014. I need a new/ second sewing machine basically for piecing and quilting. Free motion quilting is something I want to learn this year. I want a working horse sewing machine with a big throatspace to wrangle bigger quilttops, a walking foot, needle down position, a relieable stiching length and maybe a thread cutter. But I don´t need 1.000.000 fancy stiches, just straight-, zigzag- and backstich. A reasonable price would be nice, too. ;) So I need your help, please! Which sewing machine would you recommend?

My WIPs grouped by season:  
*click* on the quilt´s name for more infos

Winter /winter:

#1: Eiskristallquilt / ice crystal quilt
started: Dec 2011
pattern: I designed it, but I think it could be a classic quilting pattern as well (?), tesselating
status: pieced quilttop, needs basting, quilting, binding




# 2: Winterwimpel / Winterbunting
started: 2010 (?)
pattern: half square triangles, inspired by a quilt from Cluck Cluck Sew
status: half pieced quilttop (linen! fraying! the horror!! *lol*), needs basting, quilting, binding



# 3 George Braque´s quilt
started: April 2012, one day my BFF will receive that quilt as a gift for her birthday in Oct.
pattern: pieced circle quarter, templates frome Elisa´s backporch design
status: half pieced quilttop, also needs basting, quilting, binding

 

  
Frühling / spring:

started: April 2012
pattern: classic quilt pattern, handsewn EPP
status: half pieced quilttop by hand, also needs basting, quilting, binding


started: August 2013 on vacation in France
pattern: handsewn EPP hexagons, fabrics to match blossom stars quilt
status: fully pieced mni quilttop, needs basting, quilting, binding (will be a pillow cover)

 


started: spring 2013
pattern: my own design, tesselating pattern, Babyquilt
status: fully pieced quilttop (linen, fraying, again the horror!- I´m unteachable, but I loveLOVElove the look of linen), 
also needs basting, quilting, binding

 

 # 7 Schnirkelschnecken / snail´s trail 
started: April 2011
pattern: classic pattern, my own quilt maths ;)
status: fully pieced quilttop, also needs basting, quilting, binding

 

# 8 retro flower
started: October 2012
pattern: my own design, a combination of EPP and pieced quarter circles
status: fully pieced quilttop, quilting finished, needs binding, will become a pillow cover


Sommer / summer:

# 9 Strandhäuser / beach houses
started: summer 2012
pattern: my own design
status: fully pieced quilttop, also needs basting, quilting, binding

 

# 10 Aqua Aquilegia
started: Feb. 2013
pattern: my own design (my favourite so far!!! but afterwards I found out it´s also a classic pattern....)
status: semi pieced quilttop, needs some more rows, as this will be a king sized quilt for our bed,
also needs basting, quilting, binding


#11 Happy Scrappy
started: November 2012
pattern: my own design, tesselating pattern
status: fully pieced quilttop, needs basting, quilting, binding



# 12 interlocking crosses
started: spring 2012
pattern: my own design, tesselating pattern
status: fully pieced quilttop, also needs basting, quilting, binding
  

Herbst /fall

# 13 Tanzende Blätter / dancing leaves
started: November 2012
pattern: my own design 
status: fully pieced quilttop, also needs basting, quilting, binding



#14 Baumquilt / tree quilt
started: October 2011
pattern: my own design, inspired by an antique red and white tree quilt
status: fully pieced quilttop, needs basting, quilting, binding

 


# 15 Bienenwaben - Miniquilt /honeycombs miniquilt
started: September 2013
pattern: my own design, EPP hexagons and a little embroidery
status: fully pieced quilttop, handquilting almost done, needs binding (and back - will be a pillowcover)

 


# 16 Brombeerquilt / blackberry quilt
started:  2010
pattern: chubby stars (a classic pattern), quilt maths: my own ;)
status: fully pieced quilttop, pieced back done, needs basting and binding


 



Looking at my WIPs I hope that I developed my style over the years but I cannot tell if this style is recognizable yet. I prefer traditionally pieced tops with fabrics that I choose by color not by designer. I like traditional piecing even better than foundation paper piecing because I feel it´s a nice challenge to figure out some patterns using good old quilt maths and to sew them as accurate as possible. Sometimes I also enjoy a little handsewing / handquilting and some EPP in between. It´s also clear that I like to group my quilts by season and therefor by colors. What I need to get better at is finishing my projects. So. What do you think, which machine should I get and where should I start? Thank you in advance!!

my good old Pfaff:
 


meet my fluffy sewing room companions:

 "Got cookie? Cookiecookiecookie?" *


* no they don´t get real cookies, which would be bad for their tummies, just one cavy pellet / day which they are strangely addicted to ;)  (and hay, veggies and water)

Kommentare:

  1. Sehr Schön! I especially like #10.

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  2. I absolutely love your red and white bunting quilt! That is really beautiful! Your Happy Scrappy quilt is to die for! Thanks for sharing these!

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  3. Wow, das sind echt viele Quilttops!
    Ich hab hier 4 Stück liegen und finde das auch schon zu viel.
    Also zur Nähmaschine kann ich sagen, dass ich eine Pfaff classic style 2025 besitze, auf der ich richtig viele Quilts zusammengenäht habe. Zum Quilten find ich sie nicht so super, weil ich keinen großen Anschiebetisch habe und der Durchlass relativ klein ist.
    Die Bernina (440 glaube ich) meiner Freundin dagegen find ich klasse zum Quilten, ich hab auch schon freies Maschinenquilten damit gut hingekriegt.
    Am wichtigsten wäre mir eine große Auflagefläche, ein Durchlass von mind. 15cm und eine hoch-tief-verstellbare Nadelposition.
    Was ich gerne mal ausprobieren würde, wär eine Juki TL-98 P oder die Brother PQ 1500 S, die machen beide einen sehr soliden Eindruck, sind aber reine Geradstichmaschinen.

    LG Judith

    LG Judith

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  4. Wunderschoene quilttops! Ich hoffe du kannst eine gute Nähmaschine finden. Ich habe eine husqvarna viking da ich viele free motion mache.

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  5. Wunderschoene quilttops! Ich hoffe du kannst eine gute Nähmaschine finden. Ich habe eine husqvarna viking da ich viele free motion mache.

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  6. Great quilts. I've been thinking about an all half square triangle quilt but that is so many pieces!

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  7. Oh my gosh, I was chuckling as I kept scrolling down!!! Now I don't feel quite so bad about my WIP pile anymore:) I never saw the retro flower pillow cover--love it!!! Hope you finish that one soon. I have a Janome 6600 and I love it, but wouldn't recommend getting one. I can't use the thread cutter because whenever I start sewing again, if I don't have a long enough tail I'll get a huge thread nest. What a pain! I did see Rachel at Stitched in Color got a Juki, which is probably what I'd get if I needed a new machine. This isn't the best post about it, but it lists the model number.
    http://www.stitchedincolor.com/2013/11/the-machine-difference.html

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  8. Eine nicht ganz billige, aber - bis jetzt bin ich zufrieden - Maschine, die hier neu eingezogen ist: Pfaff select 4.2. - vielleicht wäre es auch was für dich?
    Alles Liebe!!! maria

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