Slow Quilting, long-arm style, part II

I’m still chipping away at this one. It’s been a work in progress for literally a decade but now that I’m all jazzed about it, I want it done RIGHT NOW.

Also I eased into this, not quilting the blocks too heavily when I started. I’m nearing the end of the blocks and I’m going back to previously “done” blocks to add more stitching.

Here are a few random blocks.

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This one below needs part of the right hand side of the background ripped out and re-done. Ugh. I fluffed the direction of a couple of those tiny lines. Also needs some threads buried.

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All these brown, batik, floral fabrics. I’m glad my tastes have changed. Also that red is not as RED as it looks.

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My Finger is Sore

Binding made – check

To ensure maximum effect of pattern matching, get bottle of washable school glue – check

Binding sewn to front of quilt – check

Realize a heavy hand with the glue bottle is a bad thing  – check

Decide to wash quilt in its present state – check

Block quilt, because hey it’s wet and needs blocking at some point – check

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So, so worth it.

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I’ve handsewn through three episodes worth of “Star Trek: Discovery” so far.

Tip of the day

Bury threads as you go. Stop, take the time and bury the damn threads right then. Do not keep quilting merrily away. Do not wait for a more convenient time, do not pass go, do not collect 200$. Do it.

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Self threading needles are the BOMB. Best invention ever.

 

And if possible, avoid procrastinating on distasteful tasks, see burying threads, above. That is all.

 

Slow Quilting, long-arm style

It’s my turn on the long-arm this month. Only trouble is I worked so hard in March, May, and September that I’m a bit completely short of unquilted quilts.

Except for this one.

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Started October 4, 2007 (note the year!). I loved this quilt so much as I was making it. I worked on it in chunks of time over the past decade. Blocks in 2007-08. Sashing 2009-2010. Borders 2012? 2013? Somewhere along there I fell out of love with it, and out of taste with it too. While too proud of it to chuck it, I didn’t love it enough to ever finish it.

Until I needed something to long-arm. And since I’ve been finishing off old projects all year…

I’m doing only one quilt this month and I’m going slow. I need to develop my long-arm skills and what could be more perfect than using this quilt?

Here are some peeks for you.

Some eight pointed stars for the cornerstones, which will be echoed elsewhere in the quilt.

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This is a 30wt variegated Sulky thread.

And I’m thrilled to bits with this border. This is a before and after shot.

 

– Ghost geese! No idea what to put in that tiny green border. It’s about 1″ wide.

I am having such fun trying out loads of modern quilting designs, trying to choose the best design for each block while quilting consistently AND build my skills. It’s a tall order but so so worth it.

* We will shortly resume regular posts of modern fabrics and quilts. Thank you for your patience during this traditional interlude.

Linking up with Cooking Up Quilts, Sew Fresh Quilts, and My Quilt Infatuation. Yay!