Yesterday, I decided it was time to get back to work. It has been nearly a week since I worked on the t-shirt quilt. Spent a couple of hours working on a special label to stitch on the back side, along with a couple of other special surprises for my friend. My hubby was a huge help with the computer and figuring out how to “layer” photos on Microsoft Word. He was my tech expert, and got my label “just right”. I printed it on fabric and last night I attached to the back of the quilt with fusing. It will get “stitched down” with the quilting, and I will come back and add some hand stitching around the edges. Ever since I read about quilts being stolen, I have tried to stitch my quilt label down with the actual quilting. I don’t like the way the quilting looks over my label; but nobody is getting that sucker off with any kind of ease.
Well; the quilting has gotten underway in a big way. I played around with methods, and went for the DITCH. I have a cool foot for my Janome that has a blade riding in the ditch on the walking foot. I need more practice, but I did get it done. At least, around the outer perimeter of the blocks. I stitched with variegated blue around all the blue sashing. Blue meets blue and blue meets brown. Then I switched out to a light beige thread and stitched in the ditch between the brown and the actual t-shirt block. Most of that “ditch work” I did last week and last night. Did a little “Bonnie Hunter Quilt Cam stitching last night as I worked through the beige thread.
Wondered what to do next, and that had me stalled for a little bit. Got a little courage today and decide YES, I can free motion quilt. (Courage provided by Wendy Sheppherd and her threadtalk. She does amazing work on a Bernina and if you haven’t seen her blog; go check out Ivory Spring, where she does thread-talk, and so much more!! http://ivoryspring.wordpress.com/ )
I started with grey thread…and then I switched to variegated blue. I still have about 6 or 8 more blocks to go; getting better as I go along. Saving the dark grey and black blocks for last. It’s not perfect, but doesn’t look too bad from across the room. I feel like I need lots more practice.
Actually got out my marking Pencil and did a little marking for tomorrow before I stopped for the day. Put about 4 hours into it this afternoon. Up over 35 hours on this quilt so far. Now, before you look; back up about 5 feet so it looks better….giggle…