Mar 14: First Contact. Pattern is Hoops 3" in diameter, Quilters dream cotton batting, Magnifico Shiver #2164.
Mar 21: The quilt is here. Such lush reds indeed.
Apr 04: Tara back from vacation.
Apr 05: Tara is reassessing the size she wants for the basketballs. 3" is quite dense but not necessarily too dense for this quilt. The big O for Ohio is want really counts on this quilt as it is the standard design for Ohio State paraphernalia.
Apr 07: Loaded the playground with information to help Tara decide on her density. Going ahead with prepping until she can get back to me. Prepped. Need to wind bobbins when I know how many. Loading. Talked through the thread options & density options & how they would impact this quilt. So far, we have all agreed on 7.5" rows (3.25" balls). Since the quilting will make for break this quilt, I agreed to do thread tests in the morning using Magnifico & Bottom Line, Silver & Gray.
Apr 08: Tests are done. I know what I would use but let's see what Tara & her teenage son choose. Decided on least contrast, best blend--Bottom Line Gray. And yes, that was my choice too. Just need to load the top & start quilting. Quilting. On last row. ... Went out to dinner around 6 PM without a top coat. Now at 10:45, it is snowing like crazy with serious winds. I want to ship tomorrow but the mail carriers may not be able to get up here. Quilted.
Mar 16: First contact.
Mar 17: On the way.
Mar 19: Quilt is here. Wow! Gorgeous!
Mar 24: One of those days! Density options have been posted. The batting is Warm & Natural (128" x 128"). We agreed I would swap the natural for Warm & White (oops! white is 93" wide). Did some calculations to determine an equitable swap. Got out the backing to prep that. Again 108" wide which is too wide for my frame so I can trim & load it either way. All of this leaves me with questions waiting to be answered. Think I'll go do some binding.
Mar 25: Prepped & loaded. The quilt is wider than 90" in places which means I dont have the 3" buffer I need for the machine to clear the side clamps. Perhaps I can get away with holding the clamps up until the machine clears the edge & then making sure I am on hand to hold up the far clamp at the end of each row.
Mar 26: Quilted. Pictures tomorrow.
Mar 27: Final pictures. Will ship tomorrow.
Mar 18: Met Joan in Wilkesboro for a quilt swap. Came home with this one to quilt & bind plus 2 more to bind. Joan will order and ship backing later. Hoping her selection will work.
Mar 25: The backing came but was not quilting quality so it has been returned.
Mar 26: Joan has new backing.
Mar 30: Backing is here, a brown weave.
Mar 31: Loaded ready to quilt. Using Chantilly Lace.
Apr 01: Quilted.
Apr 02: Quilt squared, binding attached, clipping, hand sewing. One side & 2 corners done.
Apr 03: Bound.
Apr 04: Final pictures. Couldn't get a whole quilt shot I liked.
Mar 11: Got a call from Ada wanting to come do another quilt. She sent pictures & quilting ideas started popping. I am thinking of using multiple pantos--one for the center, one for the blockish border & one for the outer border. We will figure it all out Monday when she and her daughter bring the quilt.
Mar 14: Ada & I had a lot of fun planning her quilt patterns today. This quilt is for newborn twins. Will use Bottom Line Silver thread & Dream Orient bamboo/silk batting.
Mar 19: Prepped & loaded ready to quilt tomorrow.
Mar 20: Quilted.
Mar 11: Quilt arrived. Bam meander medium density (1" or so). Thinking Bottom Line Silver thread. Also called attention to the 1930’s Flower pantograph which is very much like the applique on this quilt.
Mar 14: Got a yes to both silver thread & 1930's panto.
Mar 16: Programmed IQ at a medium density.
Mar 17: Prepped & loaded. Quilting. Made it half way. I know this is a very special quilt because little things kept happening while prepping & loading. Nothing major, just time consuming & frustrating. Once I realized this happens now & then when the quilt is very special, I just plugged away. All is well & someone will be very blessed by this beautiful, happy quilt.
Mar 18: Quilted.
I learned today that beginning March 01, I am required by NC law to collect sales tax on services. Before now, services were not taxed. Items I purchase without paying sales tax--primarily thread & batting--have always been taxed. Now the entire invoice will be taxed.