Using my walking foot I quilted on both sides of the block seams and on either side of the center string. This one was much easier than the last one when I quilted those center seams in the ditch.
I’m afraid I can’t remember if this was a top I brought home from the WI/MN sew in or one someone sent me. Usually I pin a label to them but since I use straight pins I’d removed the labels before the move …. And I have so many come in and out, I just can’t remember them all. So so sorry!
You may get away without adjusting tension when piecing but to get a balanced stitch for quilting, I usually find some tension adjustments are necessary. Since I frequently adjust tension on my longarm, adjusting tension for quilting on my sewing machine wasn’t difficult for me but if you don’t usually make adjustments on your machine, this instruction PDF from Superior Thread might help.
I always caution people to be careful when sewing the Strippies together when using directional prints. For some reason I had in my mind that these animals were oriented in all directions and didn’t pay attention. I was lucky I only had to pick out and resew 2 seams to fix the three rows that were upside down!
Bree’s Strippie – I’ll take it to GA to quilt and bind and give it to her when I’m there next month.
I have a couple weeks before I head to GA so I’m getting organized. Unpacking sewing stuff from Maine and packing for Georgia. I’m pretty pleased with what I’ve accomplished in the couple months I’ve been here in spite of traveling 3 times. There are a couple finished quilts, 3 tops (a 4th sent to Kathy in WI to finish and donate), and a small knit blanket.
And I’ve set up the tying table in the living area so I can pin baste a couple small HeartStrings quilts for machine quilting on my sewing machine.
My sewing goals will be to piece the two Strippies and quilt and bind the two tops before I leave for GA. If I have time, I’ll start a new quilt too!
I wasn’t sure I’d feel like assembling the blocks on the design wall this weekend but I had a little time this afternoon before we were scheduled to go out to dinner and if I’d stayed on the sofa reading I would have fallen asleep!!
My 4 Patches on the Diagonal quilt – instructions on the website. I decided not to add borders since the quilt is child size as it is.
Do you see quilt patterns everywhere?!
I saw this design on the bulkhead of the plane and then again in the Delta Sky Club …. Thanks to my TouchDraw app, I’ve saved it for a future quilt. I love quarter square triangles or hourglass blocks … So one day I’m sure I’ll make this….and I even have a GO die for it.
My work here is done but what an amazing week. As always I get re-enthused about HeartStrings after spending this time working together.
As we speak, I have 105 photos uploading to share with HeartStrings members and they include this one of me that Jackie snapped tonight and a stack of finished quilts. There are more tops that are going home with us to be finished and a couple more days of sewing for the others.
While the bulk of what we’re working on in Maine are HeartStrings blocks and quilts, it’s not all strings. Several people decided ahead of time they’d cut and exchange some tumbler blocks … Both large and small. Seriously, I’ve never seen so many tumblers and the bulk of them were cut by these three … Tomorrow they’re going to have a Tumbler Race and we’ll see who can assemble a small top the quickest. There was lots of fun and good natured smack talking going on tonight!