There are so many celebrations taking place this time of year that I’m not going to single out any one in particular — just extend my best wishes to all. I like to raise my spirits this time of year with the oh-so-cold and oh-so-short days in my part of the northern hemisphere by being thankful for so many aspects of my life and tackling things that I’ve been putting off.
The machine-quilting “sweatshop” on the island counter in the kitchen continues. I’ve decided to machine-quilt a number of stashed tops while I have the counter mostly cleared of junk.
I admired Wanda Hanson’s Prismatic Garden series of quilts for such a long time that finally, at the end of 2007, I made a top of my own using hand-dyed fabric made in a workshop led by Heide Stoll-Weber back in summer 2007. Now, I’m getting around to machine-quilting it. Another one I really like and am looking forward to getting finished and hung on the wall.
- Changing threads to roughly match the strip colour.
- Stitching close to the seam using Bottom Line thread in the top and the bobbin.
- Using Machingers™ as my gloves to keep a good grip on my work. These really reduce how sore my upper back gets while machine-quilting.
- Not getting too concerned about whether or not I stitch every strip and which side of the seam the stitching is on.
- No basting as the countertop is large enough that I can keep smoothing the quilt after I do a small set of stitching.
- Taking lots of breaks and stretching every so often.
- Started machine-quilting in the middle.
- Using a walking foot which means a lot of quilt-wrestling because I only stitch forward — so lots of quilt-turning.
- Using a very thin polyester batting that was designed to be a batting in quilted clothing — means less bulk.
Take care everyone and, if you have to drive, drive safe!