Here the quilt speaks for itself so will quilt with black Bottom Line thread which has the best blend.
Oct 20: Final picture
Oct 03: Quilt arrived
Oct 05: Posting first pictures
Oct 10: Laura has finalized her pattern selection.
Oct 18: Prepped and loaded.Basting is next ... done. IQ is programmed
There are two way to load a quilt top. The way I usually do it is to pin the bottom edge to a canvas and roll it up. I am going to float this one which means to let it hang loose over the front bar like the batting does. This give a little more leeway for the nuances of the pieced top. It is also a good method for small quilts, i.e. I did Laura's first three quilts the same way because they were small.
More about density. Laura want medium density with curves about 1" apart. I tried everything from 14" rows down to 8.5" rows. 9" looked the best overall.
Oct 19: Quilted.
"I made the blue quilt last year ..."
I am so thinking block patterns quilted with matching blue thread in the white on-point blocks with a meander panto in the 5-patch blocks. Hmmm. What to put in the white triangles and on the three borders? Need a theme to do this right.
Or just keep it elegantly simple using a beautiful panto all over in white using So Fine! thread. Anything curvy would compliment these squares.
Oct 03: Quilt arrived
Oct 05: First pictures posted
Oct 10: Laura has selected her layout -- a panto center with a border
Oct 20: Been working on the IQ pattern today. The border Laura decided on is more complicated than a single border so I am still working on it. The backing is partially loaded.
Oct 21:Tasks completed today: post IQ layout, finished loading the back, cut the batting and loaded it, ironed the quilt top (numerous times) which led to smoothing some of the borders for the custom work to look good, loaded the quilt top.
Oct 22: Changed the thread and basted the top & down one side when I noticed I had forgotten to check for loose blue thread. I took the basting out & rolled the quilt back out all the way to the top basting. Removed the threads I saw show through and proceeded to trim loose blue threads everywhere. Still at it--this extra challenge of the day. I probably won't catch all of them but it won't be for lack of trying. I got the top border done and it is already 8:30 pm. After all that trimming, be darn if I didn't have to stop and fish out 2 threads while quilting the border. Gotta quit and do something besides quilting for awhile.
Oct 23: Please read the comment about loose threads. Worked on the center section today. Still have a couple of rows to go.
Oct 24: Finished center section and bottom border.
Oct 25: Working on side borders. And finished! Will try for a on-the-bed photo in the morning before I ship.
8/25: Quilts came in. These are the first quilts pieced by Laura Luke to grace the cabin. Not only beautiful but also ... well, you check out her piecing.
The backing is the same dragonflies fabric we saw on Jen Froio's quilt AND we will be using the same panto.
Sept 17: Quilted
Postage Stamp quilt
Sept 17: Loaded
Sept 18: Quilted
Blue & Black bargello design quilt
A beautiful quilt with soft flannel backing.
Sept 25: Quilted. For some reason I am having a terrible time trying to photograph this. Perhaps in the morning.
Sept 26: Perhaps not but I tried. That's okay--I know how beautiful it is.