Last weekend was cold and snowy (yes, snow in April in Vermont, surprise!), so I had ample time to obsess over getting this puppy quilted. Given that it had sat folded up on my ironing board since the weekend before, it was ready and waiting for me when I got up Saturday morning. Turned the radio on, got my cup of coffee and English muffin, adjusted the sewing chair and sat down at the machine with somewhat of a plan in mind (I never think things through, apparently–they just happen, sometimes happily, sometimes not!). Since my last project turned out pretty well, I decided to stitch in the ditch horizontally all the way to the end, then flip it and stitch in the other direction. While I enjoy free motion quilting, it’s pretty difficult to do it with such a big quilt and no longarm, so we do the best we can with what we’ve got.
I used big safety pins to keep the quilt folded up and away from the machine except for where I wanted to quilt it. By afternoon the quilt was draped around my neck to hold it straight, and thank God for quilting gloves and a walking foot on my machine, because they sure came in handy to keep the lines straight. Had 3/4 of the quilting done by nightfall, and thankfully broke for dinner.
I love how the hours fly by when I’m involved in this kind of thing. I can easily lose track of hours altogether as I sit at my sewing table. The simple act of working through the problems that arise, envisioning the finished product, thinking through ways to be more efficient, and letting my mind drift away to solve problems from other areas of my life is one of the great joys of quilting. My poor long-suffering husband has learned to find his own things to do when I’m in the quilt studio–he drops in from time to time to make sure I’m still alive, but mostly lets me be so I can stay in the zone. My dog has gotten into the habit of curling up under the ironing board where she’s more or less safe, and reminding me only now and then that she too has needs. Good thing they’re both patient!
Had to take an aspirin Saturday night because my upper leg was aching from holding it in the same position all day (duh). Like I said, I forget everything else, and pay for it later.
See those four triangles that form the star? Those were fun to quilt, since they’re diagonal and the piece had to be manipulated quite a bit to get them stitched. At first I was going to leave them unquilted, but the extra stitching really added a lot to the overall look, so it had to be done. That was Sunday’s chore.
I made my 2 1/2″ binding out of the white/blue dotted Swiss, and am currently involved in the final step of handsewing the binding to the quilt, an excellent pastime in front of the TV set in my comfortable living room. I’ll post a final picture of it when it’s complete.
One more for the books… next up, back to work on my Civil War squares!