Oct 20: The quilt was left in the mailbox.
Oct 22: Several of us had a bit of a scare when the quilt tracked to me but I hadn't received. Turns out the box was just barely able to slip into the mailbox. Since it was cube shaped only slightly larger than others I have received lately, it wasn't particularly memorable to any of the postal workers. Alas all is well. Maybe I should have opened the box before saying it was here--it might never have turned up! That is my way of saying it is adorable no matter what shade it photographs. And some of that fabric on the backing is very familiar.
Oct 26: For several days, Grace has been exploring pattern options. I haven't been helping any because every time I get an idea of what she likes I show her similar options. I think she has settled on Spiral Braid & now has to figure out what density she wants. Of course I have now done an EQ7 rendition and multiple overlays.
Oct 27: It is settled--12 rows with each one 4.2".
Oct 30: Decided to get up early rather than work late last night. Prepped, loaded, quilted. Will try for better backing photo tomorrow.
Oct 31: Final pics. Shipped.
Honey Bees Threads is a trade name for one of our newest partners so she is using that here too. Click on her logo below to visit her Etsy site.
This quilt has a great story that I hope she will share with us. (See comments.)
The charm of this quilt is in the fabrics that comprise it. Makes perfect sense too when you visit her site. Enjoy!
Sep 21: First contact.
Sep 30: "I got this really funky pink flamingo fabric for the backing." Oooookaaay.
Oct 09: Did a layout & then modified the Cinnamon Scroll panto to close up some of the gaps before the quilt even got here.
Oct 15: The quilt is here. Honey & I have been in touch for quite awhile so I am very glad to finally have her quilt in house. Her shipping label had her business name on it so I looked it up. Glad I did because the fabrics in the quilt have so much more meaning. Will use So Fine! 50 #470 Big Sky thread. PS:The backing is beautiful.
Oct 24: Preparing the quilt. After cleaning the machine rails, I had some work to do on the very large backing so that took awhile.
Oct 25 Just Past Midnight: After cutting the batting, I will wind bobbins, load the thread and set tension, press the top, load the backing, load the batting and baste it, load and baste the top before quilting 36+ cinnamon scrolls. If I seem slow to get started, it is because I know what is ahead. And I get lazy now and then. And life happens. NOT complaining -- I don't have three little boys under foot or a big boy to cater to. This is such a meaningful quilt, I am working up my nerve to get on with it. First I need some sleep.
Oct 26: Yesterday when I finally surfaced for the day ... well .. it was just too beautiful outside to longarm inside ... The batting is cut, the bobbins are wound, re-checked the programming, ... (next loading backing and then batting and then pressing top and then basting. The longarming will go fast for such a large quilt & is the easiest task.)
Oct 27: Loaded & ready to quilt.
Oct 28: Quilting. Quilted.
Oct 02: Quilt top arrived.
Oct 09: Chantilly Lace 10" & a So Fine! variegated green thread. Programmed.
Oct 20: Prepped (pressed, threads trimmed, thread changed, batting cut) & ready to load. The trimming I did was to avoid as much see through of dark thread under the white sashing as possible. I'll have to watch for this with each roll of the quilt.
Oct 21: Loaded. (Spent the rest of the day designing a website & VistaPrint promotional materials to boost his grading business before the snow season begins.
Oct 22: Missing quilt, sick friend, errands in town, final touches on yesterday's work-- a different sort of day for sure.
Oct 23: Quilting.Quilted. Boxed ready to ship in the morning.