Sunday, January 15, 2012
Temps, MQ Mess, Border Quilting
I reside in the middle of the USA, in the High Plains of western Nebraska (almost 4000 elevation), where we have had minus 36 degrees F. in January a few years ago. This was taken last week and was the same temp the previous week as well - kinda scarey to be so warm this time of year.
Above is the kind of mess one has when machine quilting a large quilt on a domestic sewing machine. Notice the crooked pictures, the blinds are mashed against the window, and my boxes of other projects on the sewing table surface are all askew. I had to be careful that I didn't quilt loose bits of Orca Bay into the back of this quilt, "Steps", another Rebuilt Log Cabin. The second light source is necessary to see stitches behind the machine.
Do you see the large clip at the top of the photo? The clip holds final instructions for an Arabic Lattice (John Flynn) hanging on the valance. I was sure the project would be finished 2 years ago. Oh my, that really IS a UFO. The setting of the blocks are unusual and confusing, so I made sure directions were right in front of my face -- but 2 years ago???
Below is my current project (between Orca Bay construction), a Rebuilt Log Cabin called "Steps". It's nearly finished and I'm working on coming up with a quilting design in the last border, 9 inches wide. The book is from PatsyThompsonDesigns.com, and her suggestion is hyperquilted. In this case, the extra color and lines are not needed but I sure like the thread lines.
I use a Flexicurve, a long version, to help me "see" what the plan will look like. I'll chalk in the implied spine, will start at the left (bottom) and work up to the top corner.