My 8 and a half hour drive was actually fairly pleasant today other than the hour + it took to get through Atlanta. I swear that traffic just keeps getting worse. I went through about 1:30 – 2:00pm trying to avoid rush hour but it seems like it’s always heavy traffic no matter what time – at least it was moving and by moving I mean if you’re doing the speed limit prepare to be run over!
I was happy to see that there’s still some fall color in the area but disappointed that there’s a burn ban because of the drought and I can’t have a fire. I don’t ever remember having a ban on inside fires but apparently even the chance of a spark from the chimney is too much risk. The first thing I did after unpacking the car was take a short walk to snap some photos. I love the colors of Autumn!
The second thing I did was to go downstairs and get a start on tomorrow’s quilt. I had some machine maintenance to take care of and then I loaded and started the first top. I’m just here at Big Canoe for a few days so the goal is to quilt 3 tops and at least two of them will have Minkee backings. One with batting and one without. I’m hoping this one isn’t going to be too warm but I’m sitting under a flannel quilt right now and am quite comfortable so hopefully it will make a perfect winter quilt. I have very little spare width so I’m crossing my fingers the backing doesn’t shrink up much (any!) with quilting.
With Minkee backs I always load the quilts lengthwise so the least stretchy side is between the rollers.
EDIT – I was confused when I loaded this quilt – the selvages should be on the sides not pinned to the leaders for the least stretchy side to be between the rollers. Luckily, I don’t ever roll these very tightly and the batting provides stability too. It all turned out OK on this quilt but it would have been more important to have it loaded correctly if I wasn’t using batting.