Some people hand piece because they feel that is the way to do it. Cindy Dodd does it because she is confined to her recliner.
I'll longarm this & Laura Mourning will research and finish this quilt with a scalloped border attached by machine and then hand finished.
Oct 16: First contact by phone--just the way I like it! LOL She decided on Deb's Swirls for her panto. I have been contracted to piece the backing and do the scalloped edge bias binding for her. I am sub-contracting the binding to Laura Mourning so I can focus on longarming.
Oct 17: Received Cindy's preview picture. WOW! I showed Cindy how these quilts are classically done with special patterns just for Double Wedding Rings. She fell in love with Donna Kleinke's Carmen's Roses for Double Wedding Ring blocks. Gone is the idea of using a pantograph.
Oct 20: Quilt top arrived. Backing will come later but this baby is in the queue!
Oct 22: Backing & binding are here.
Nov 05: Time to get started on this beautiful quilt. Pieced the backing. Preparing the top. Everything is ready to load. And loaded. I have done just enough to know this is a doable project but it will take time. Everywhere there is stitching, I have to first carve out the area on the quilt where it will go by clicking points along the perimeter. Not hard...just takes time. I am also doing, not stitch in the ditch, but stitching just inside each side of the rings. These too have to be carved out & there is a lot of that to do. I wish I could master free hand stitching for this but I am terrible at it. (Just check my efforts to freehand baste the sides of your quilts. On second thought, don't. LOL)
Nov 06: Checked the back side this morning--should have done it right away yesterday. I'm not smilin' so something needs fixin'--just not sure what is best. Hmmm. After much thinking it over, Cindy decided she would rather have white thread top and back since there is plenty of color already.
Nov 07: Many hours later I finally gotten all the colored thread out. Most the pattern is double stitched and the computer slows down and makes an extra tiny stitches at the points so this was aggravating to say to the least to take out the stitches but it is done now. Will start again when I get up the nerve. Have done the first row of melons-white on white.
Nov 08: Have now done first row of roses. Made it past the 1/2 way point.
Nov 09: Working on the last half of the quilt. And finished.
Nov 10: After a few morning photos, I shipped the quilt & binding material to Laura Mourning in SC to add a scalloped binding.
Nov 14: Laura received the quilt.
Nov 27: Laura reports that she is making progress on the binding though interrupted by Thanksgiving, etc.
Dec 08: Laura shipped the quilt to Cindy.
Dec 10: Cindy received her quilt. "The quilt arrived a few hours ago. It is absolutely beautiful!! You and Laura did a magnificent job turning my little quilt top into a beautiful work of art! I am very pleased with what you have done with it. Thank you so much!"