Note the French spellings. That is because Gislaine speaks French in her native Haiti where she lives. She is back with this metallic holiday quilt and wants some fancy border quilting. With 6 borders on her quilt, this is a serious custom challenge. Patience, lots of experimenting, more patience, etc.--wonder what we will create.
Jun 29: Backing arrived
Jul 02: Quilt top arrived
Jul 04: Working together on pattern & thread choices. Considering 1 or more custom borders so I did a rough EQ7 rendition. Started the layout.
Jul 05: Have final thread choices
Jul 07: Spent all day on layouts. We have a plan. All set to quilt.
Jul 10: The special order gold thread is in.
Jul 21: Taking a lot of deep breaths as I contemplate all these borders. Thread is loaded & tension set. Backing is pieced & loaded. Water spray and a hot iron smoothed the slightly wavy outer border all the way around. Top is loaded and basted. Had obstructions errors & it took me awhile to figure out how to fix the situation. Took a break once fixed & then had to redraw the top outer border block. The outer border is actually a very dense pantograph by Kim Diamond that I enlarged & then carved out just what we need to fill the space. I am planning to do the top borders and then the center and the bottom borders. I'll then reload the quilt to do the 2 sets of side borders. This will be a lot of marking blocks per the quilt & then moving and sizing each border into its custom block. As the quilt borders bend, so will the patterns as I try one by one to center them leaving about 1/4" margin between the ditches and the patterns. Top, center & bottom borders are done.
Jul 22: Reloaded and basted.
Jul 23: Off to an early start & have done the first set of side borders. The slack in the fabric is drawing up nicely. Quilting is finished. Binding is attached and thus my work is done.