Tuesday, April 05, 2011
My colors are much prettier than this photo shows. I've used up 4 bobbins so far. I spread it out on the floor - oh yeah, for self gratification, but it's also fun to see how far I've gotten, and I also check for 'holes' -- areas that have been accidentally left unquilted. My usual method is to start at a corner and move along one border, the move back the other way, eating up another expanse of space. I don't see why one should start in the middle if it is basted well, but I don't push THAT rule too hard and try to get to that center before all the sides are quilted. No sense asking for trouble!
I began the machine quilting this morning for an hour or so before work. For those who don't know, this is done on my Janome MC 6500, that's a regular DSM, (DSM = domestic sewing machine), no stitch regulator. Those stitches and swirls make me feel good. This one will be a surprise.