Just got in a very bright and colorful quilt pieced by Becky Leonard of Virginia. Only the backing is flannel. I'll be doing the binding on this one as well. Becky has shared the story behind this quilt in her comment. Without a doubt, this is a special quilt for a special young lady.
Apr 22: Preparing backing and top to load. Seams in the backing should be pressed open and all seams on the back of the top should lay flat. I like to use an iron to touch up any extra creases or folds that cannot be helped when shipped. IQ is programmed with a 7.5" high pattern. (Becky, let me know if you think the dragon files pattern needs to larger/looser.)
Apr 23: Finished loading & basting. Ready to quilt. And quilted! Posting a lot of finished pictures because they came out so well. That doesn't usually happen. Must be a magic quilt.
Apr 24: Binding is now attached. Hand binding is underway.
Apr 26: Binding is finished.
Just got in a jelly roll race quilt pieced by Melodee Zamudio of California. When I asked her to pronounce her last name, she added that it came with her husband from Mexico! LOL. This is a first quilt and the beginning of a new hobby.
Apr 17: Loading...basting...quilting...quilted.
Actually this is Andrea's first quilt ever. The adorable appliqués on this also feel so like Florida. Waterspout will top this off nicely. I am going to quilt everywhere except in the three blocks with the appliqués. A friend will finished the quilting on her machine with some stitch-in-the-ditch, some outlining & some stippling. I am sending some invisible smoke monopoly with the quilt for her to use to tack down the appliqués if needed.
Apr 16: Loading...Basting...Quilting...Done!
Joan tells me that when she saw my Walden Pond fabrics way back when, she bought some from that line. Brilliantly conceived and executed. PS: She suggested how to piece mine too. Doesn't this just look awesome with those log walls? Not coveting, just admiring and basking in it while it is here. Like looking out a window...
Apr 08: Loaded. I must say that at the beginning of this long and peaceful weekend, I was out of sorts and quite tired. As I prepared and loaded this quilt, well let me say it this way: I don’t remember a quilt ever being as soothing as this one. There is something very special about it, perhaps all the care and love you put into it and every quilt you make. It shows and they bless…
Apr 09: Basting. A word about longarming: When I baste the batting to the backing I am not only securing the two but am also sewing a very straight line. I use this line to line-up the top when basting it to the other two. On this quilt, the feature fabric used for the backing is exactly the size of the quilt top which is NOT a problem. A 3" strip of scrap fabric has been sewn to the top and the bottom of the backing so it can be loaded. This will be cut away when the quilt is squared. Since this backing and top are such a tight fit & since it is hard to sew a straight line with a seam (scrap strip & backing) underneath the quilt, I am improvising. I have pinned along the seam on the back of the quilt & am aligning the top to the other side (top) of those pins. This (my intent anyway) ensures the top comes right to the edge of the backing. Hopefully when I get to the other end, that will fit perfectly too. If not, Joan will lose a tad of her quilt when squaring. Of course, that is what squaring is all about, no? We shall see.
Quilting. I love your pattern choice for this, Joan. So elegant!
Apr 10: Quilted.
Apr 11: Final pictures.