Since she lives in nearby Winston Salem, Debbie Hauser will bring this to the cabin and we will do it together.
Less than a yard square, we should be able to get this done in a day. LOL
Jun 24: First contact from Debbie who quickly accepted my invitation for us to do this one together. Perhaps after the 4th weekend.
Jul 12: Heavy rains on route to be expected with all the flooding rains in NC lately. Debbie had her quilt basted for hand quilting and the backing wasn't wide enough. I pulled out some &^$(#@ scrap fabric (don't ask), showed Debbie the moleskin trick and she had that remedied in no time.
WIth a light top and dark backing, I tried to balance the tension but that didn't work. We had to take out the first 6" square or so of quilting. Some of it was perfect and some of it was &^$(#@-y. We switched to invisible Smoke Monopoly in the bobbin, did some more testing--problem solved. We had stopped because of our first failure to move faster than a longarm hopper foot stitching Deb's Swirl..
This is one of those all too frequent times when a picture does not even come close to doing a quilt top justice. It also did not reveal a challenge. The longarm hopper foot just loved to get up under those loose curved edges. No matter how hard we tried, the machine was faster than we could anticipate where to hold down the loose edges. TIme and again, I had to stop, take out the foobar and redo. Finally Debbie went to the kitchen and came back with wax paper. We pinned it down on the sides and the problem was solved.
Once quilted, we all three--OH! Hubby was here with the dog--worked on removing the last of the wax paper so pictures could be taken. BTW Hubby was usually out of sight and out of mind walking their rambunctious beagle puppy all over the neighborhood or enjoying the rocker on the porch.
Once we got into the quilting, I never thought about the camera so I made up for it afterwards. My new friends followed me to the best burger joint around before heading back down the mountain to Wilkesboro and beyond. All told not counting dinner, we worked hard for six hours to do 30 minutes of quilting. And so it goes ... sometimes.
As grace is prone to happen, I am having a time with my hands & Debbie just so happens to be PA in dermatology. HA! I think I got the best deal out of today. Time will tell.