Monday, December 1, 2014

Woodland Sampler - May

Both of my card trick blocks have been assembled and quilted.  There has been a lot of learning happening during the process, but all's well if it ends well!

Starting the Quilting

Binding Pinned
This was my first time quilting using a walking foot and, though this wasn't the simplest first piece I could have tried, I think I'm starting to get the hang of it.  However, I do need to look into why my machine has taken to skipping stitches.

The first potholder went through a lot of stitching and un-stitching (and possibly some yelling...) on the way towards getting the ends of the binding joined, but the second one went a bit smoother.  Hopefully the next set will be even easier still!

All that's left is a bit of hand stitching to finish off the binding!

I also picked up my Woodland Sampler again.  This cross-stitch fell off of the to-do list back in May.  I stitched the May box in July, and over Thanksgiving a gnome took up residence there!  I'd like to finish half the year before 2015 rolls around...  Only one more small square to go!

May Gnome


  1. Congratulations on your great card trick block and don't worry, the more you practice with your walking foot, the easier it gets!! I had a very similar experience and now I love my walking foot :)
    Thanks for linking up at MOP Monday!!

  2. Good for you getting some walking foot quilting practice, Rachel. Sorry to hear it did not go so smoothly. Keep practicing! Your gnome is awful cute! Lovely little stitches.

  3. I really love quilting with my walking foot! :) I had the skipped stitches problem initially - I was using the wrong size needle! You might want to try changing the needle first, I typically use a top stitch needle no matter what wt the thread is. . . Cleaning the bobbin area too - it's amazing how fast it gets all linty in there! :)

    BTW, that block looks fabulous!!!

  4. Good for you to take on using a walking foot, Rachel. I know I would be lost without mine! I was thinking the same thing as Judy, when you mentioned skipped stitches... the needle could be the likely culprit.

    Oh, look how close you are with your Woodland Sampler being half done! It's so cute. Happy stitching!

  5. Cute quilt blocks! I hope you get the skipped stitches figured out!

  6. Good for you for practicing new skills - I'm betting your walking foot quilting will get better pretty quickly.

  7. Fun to see your slow stitching projects!