The King Quilters (Sharon Stoehr & Vicki Boissey) brought this beautiful large bargello design (constructed with strips of fabric of the same height but different widths) quilt pieced by Paula McLean of Canada to the cabin in person to help get it loaded and to see the longarming process first hand. It will be raffled at the parish fall festival.
Yes, I started on this one before doing Becca's which has long been in the queue, thus breaking my first come first served policy.
I just hope the raffle goes well & much is raised for the cause.
June 01: The quilt backing is wider than my canvas so I added a few inches of quilted fabric scraps to widen it so I could pin to it. Believe me! It took all 3 heads to figure this out & all 6 hands to execute it. AND so far it is working! This is the kind of "little extras" we were doing that took us from 11 AM to 6:30 PM to only load and quilt two rows. Once the quilting began, the loaded quilt was flawless and the sewing did itself. Sharon selected a variegated King Tut #983 Cedars thread, colors tone-on-tone brown. She brought her own 80/20 cotton/poly blend batting.
June 02: Beware! A whole lot of pictures coming your way mostly from row three I just finished. Row three was perfect!! Not so row 4. For no reason I can fathom, my stitching went berserk. Oh so beautiful on top but as I neared the end of the long row, they looked a bit loose. After undoing row 4, I completed rows 4 & 5 so I am half way now.
June 03: While doing row 6, I just HAD TO start putting the sewing room back in order. My stuff was all over the place and some of it had even been moved to the kitchen to have room to longarm. After finishing that row I shut everything down and finished the yet another reorganization. DARN! Another first at the cabin and not a welcome one. Into row 8, I ran out of thread probably because of that row I took out. Actually I probably would have run out anyway. So a rush order from Superior tomorrow will allow me to finish.
June 04: The thread is on the way. Superior is a great company with exceptional customer service. I could not ask for better. Thanks again Pati & Superior.
June 10: After a long week of waiting for the thread which came in yesterday afternoon, I am quilting again--40 minutes of sewing time so with basting and rolling the quilt, I hope to done in well less than 2 hours. It took 2.5 hrs. Oh well. That is just how it goes. Finished! This quilt at 98x112 is just too big for one photo.