This is a preview of Michael 's first quilt ... yes, first quilt.
He'll be shipping soon. Meanwhile he is hard at work learning about custom quilting and planning how he wants this longarmed.
Jul 03: We began our conversation by email.
Jul 04: Oh, the phone is so much easier!! Michael is thinking custom and I am thinking he needs to plan it. Believe me, I can execute a quilt but I try very hard not to. Executing a plan is not so bad though with Intelliquilter. I struggle with designing so it will be fun to see where we end up on this one. Will I bow out and recommend someone else or tackle it myself? I've been known to do both. Did an EQ7 rendition in preparation for design layouts. Started playing...
Jul 08: Working the IQ layout. This one is a super challenge. Need to keep it simple yet stunning.
Jul 09: Still working on the layout.
Jul 10: Layout is complete. Using Smoke Monopoly on top & Bottom Line Sage on the back. Quilt is here. Beautiful quilt. Incredible work.
Jul 24: Setup. I made a Task List for Michael to follow along. Everyone might enjoy this.
1. The triangles in the center on the diagonal are rather erratic. I want to make them more
precise by cleaning up the pattern. done
2. Clean the rails and wheels with alcohol done
3. Clean the bobbin case area with WD-40 and then oil, running until clean done
4. Re-measure the backing & top to be sure they fit. done
5. Press the back wrong side first to remove creases and make sure seams are flat. done
6. Lay the backing out over the longarm right side down. done
7. Press the top wrong side first focusing on flat seams. done
8. Cut the batting. done
9. Load the thread. Test thread colors. Set the tension. done
Jul 25: Quilting Day 1
10. Load the backing. (pin top edge & roll, pin bottom edge and roll back) done
11. Load the batting done
12. Baste the batting using the stabilizer bar to get a straight guideline done
13. Load the top done
14. Align the top to the guideline & baste done
15. Baste the sides from the stabilizer bar down to the take-up bar done
16. Photograph & post done
17. Re-test the tension in the quilt margin done
18. Turn on IQ & mark the center of the table/quilt done
Decided to clean up corners on the outer border. Discovered there are 4 versions.
19. Load the pre-planned layout of all patterns done
20. Top Border - Geometric done
a. Delete all my pre-planned blocks
b. Draw a block using mark on quilt (Videos of all the IQ procedures)
c. Fit my pre-planned border into that block
d. Quilt the pattern
e. Delete block and pattern
f. Photograph & post
21. 2nd Border – parallel lines done
a. Delete pre-planned lines
b. Mark on quilt a SID line from left to right in the top seam.
c. Move it down ¼ “.
e. Repeat for bottom seam moving it up ¼”
f. Delete both lines
22. 3rd Border – roof tops done
a. Draw a block using mark on quilt.
c. Fit my pre-planned border into that block.
d. Quilt the pattern.
e. Delete block and pattern.
f. Photograph & post
Jul 26: Quilting Day 2
23. Ready for main blocks
a. Roll the quilt (unclamp, roll, clamp, pin baste the sides)
b. Delete my pre-planned blocks
c. Draw a new block using mark on quilt
d. Fit pre-planned pattern into the new block using Distort & Magnet Tool
e. Quilt the pattern
f. Delete blocks and patterns.
e. Photograph & post
24. Repeat, repeat, repeat
*** Tweaked the Spiral Triangles in IQ to match the outer border
Row 1 of center done
25. Photograph and post every row. Roll the quilt. done
Jul 27: Quilting Day 3 - Rows 2 & 3 of Center Section
Jul 28: Quilting Day 4 - Finished center section and bottom borders
26. Bottom borders. Baste the bottom first. done
Jul 29: Quilting Day 5 -
Will first take out a few lines I should not have quilted in the first place done
27. Re-load quilt & do side borders done Oops! Forgot lines in red border on left side
28. Unload done & square the quilt
28. Make the binding done by Michael
29. Attach the binding to the front done
Jul 29-Aug 01:
30. Do the hand binding on the back done
31. Load and stitch lines in red border on left side