If you have been reading this series, you know that things have been a bit crazy for me the last few weeks, with too many projects and too little time. Here’s what happened this week.
May 3, 2018
I finished another row (the fourth of five) for the pieced quilt back of my granddaughter’s graduation quilt. We leave for her graduation on May 10th so the pressure is on.
May 4, 2018
I finished the back of the quilt. It’s beautiful. I loaded the quilt on the frame. I am planning to quilt with a simple edge-to-edge design. I selected a design in Pro-stitcher and adjusted the size, etc. and started stitching. About halfway across the quilt on the first row, the computer told me that I needed to plug it in, the battery was nearly dead. The only problem is that it was plugged in. I spent the next 45 minutes or so checking connections, rebooting the computer, checking connections again, reading the manual, checking connections, looking online and checking connections again. I finally gave up and went to bed feeling frustrated, thinking I might have to do the quilting on my domestic machine.
May 5, 2018
We decided the power cord leading from Annie (my Handi Quilter Avante) to the computer was faulty. I went shopping to get a new cord. I struck out at my sewing store, two computer stores and Office Depot. Finally last stop, I went to …. Walmart and of course, they had it. It made me laugh, why didn’t I think to check there first? I just assumed the cord was pretty special; the connections weren’t something simple like USBs, so I made it harder than it needed to be. I went home with my new power cord, set everything up and started quilting.
It didn’t go without a few lumps and bumps but the quilt is quilted. It’s not perfect but I’m satisfied. In fact, more than satisfied, I’m delighted. I think my granddaughter will love it.
May 6, 2018
I bound the quilt, made the label and attached it. I’m ready to present it to my granddaughter. Whew!
May 7, 2018
I quilted 3 more blocks on my whole-cloth quilting adventure. I’m using a set of rulers and a foot from Westalee and Janet’s Ruler Quilt Design Book by Janet Collins. You can read about preparing the fabric here.
These are the rulers I used this week.
Each time I pick this quilt up to work on it I shake my head at all the wrong marks on it because I didn’t read the section of basic instructions before I started. I’m pretty sure all that extra blue will come out but it sure is scary looking.
The first of the blocks I quilted this week is these diamonds (made with the 12” arc ruler) on the length of this section. I’m finally feeling like the straight lines are going fairly easily. I hold the ruler with my thumb and index finger on my left hand and guide the quilt with my right hand and the three fingers on my left hand that aren’t holding the ruler.
The second block was this 4” block with the orange peel looking sections made with the 4” arc ruler. I see the four segments aren’t the same size; I need to pay better attention to the marking on the ruler.
I started to do a circle in the middle of a block. This was a failure. Again, my machine was skipping stitches when I was guiding the quilt sandwich toward me. I stopped; I’ll take it out and try again.
The third block is quilted with the 12” arc ruler. And I quilted a churn dash block in this plain 9” square. I’m getting excited about the possibilities.
My take-aways from the three weeks of quilting on my domestic machine with rulers are
- Read the instructions. This is a good practice any time you are learning something new.
- Ruler work is not a fast technique. In this case, slow and steady is good.
- Mark carefully. If you accurately go from mark to mark, but the marks aren’t in the correct place, your design will be off.
- Study new rulers before you start to use them. For me, it took a few minutes to realize the advantage of some of the marks on the ruler.
Before I go, I’d like to share some fun things for you to do.
At The Quilting Company website, there are always deals going on. Check this page. Notice that on the left side of the page you can select what you are interested in so you don’t scroll through everything, just what you are looking for.
If you have also just finished a large project and are looking for something new, here’s an idea for your next quilt. We have a new block of the month featuring William Morris fabrics from Free Spirit. It’s beautiful.
I’ll be taking a break the rest of this week as we go to see our family for the graduation party. (It’s going on for days. I can’t wait.)
Until next time, happy quilting,