It’s nothing fancy but I did manage to load and quilt the Truck Strippie today. I’m definitely not going to try anything larger or a pantograph with this boot on but I will go ahead and quilt a small Strippie for Mom too.
I’m also cutting out some masks … COVID cases seem to be rising quickly now and I think we’re in a for a rough ride through the end of the year. Now, I’m going to sit with my foot up and knit a while. Keith is going to take a walk after work and then get us some take out for dinner – PF Chang’s! I’m in the mood for some Chinese.
#11 of 10 is quilted … yep, one extra quilted but now I have to stop. It would be easy to ignore everything else I need to do and just keep quilting but I’ve got just a week before we leave and I’ve been ignoring everything else to get through my list. This is my Chandelier Beads top and it was quilted with the pantograph Happy Times.
Binding #9 is in progress and I should be able to get this one bound too.
#10 of 10 is quilted. This is one of Mom’s and the pantograph is called Raindrops. I’ve got some appointments and things to get done before we head back to GA next week but I’m thinking I might get one extra one quilted … we’ll see how it goes.
The backing is minkee … makes this one very soft and cozy!
I’m sending this one back to Mom to bind so I just have one more binding here to do. Feels good to get everything on my list done!
In addition to watching sports today, I did get in the sewing room. I worked some on assembling my HeartStrings top, cut a couple quick Strippies to send to Mom, and quilted #9 of 10. This snowball top was pieced by Sue and the pantograph is called Dear Heart.
#8 of 10 is quilted. I had to be up early this morning to take Finn to grooming so after getting the t-shirt quilt trimmed and the binding on, I loaded and quilted my Windmills top. Pantograph is Chevrons but as you can see, I just loosely followed it and didn’t attempt perfectly straight lines … my machine isn’t computerized and I knew when I bought the pantograph I’d use it more for spacing than attempting to follow it exactly. I was hoping I’d like the effect – I do AND it suites this quilt.
I’ll start hand stitching the binding down tonight but this afternoon I’m going to read a bit and then crochet.
#7 of 10 quilted is Adam’s Hard Rock T-shirt quilt. I’m VERY happy to have this one close to finished because it’s been hanging over my head for several years. (Adam is way more patient that Chris!) Panto is Apex and I’ve used gray thread on this one. When quilting an all over design on a top with sashing, I like to have the thread blend in and not show in the sashing when possible. It worked out well in this one.
I wasn’t sure I was going to finish this one today because my quilting was interrupted again by the afternoon storms but I took that time to trim all the HeartStrings blocks and that one is ready to assemble. I also worked on my crochet flower blanket … it’s about 1/3 done. I went back upstairs to quilt tonight after Keith went to bed and was able to get this one finished.
#6 of 10 is quilted. This is one of my UFO’s from last year and I think I’m probably going to end up keeping it. I don’t need another quilt but Mom and I made two quilts together when she was here during one of her extended visits last year. This was mine – I love that it’s so scrappy and I love that Mom and I made it together. I’m going to set it aside once it’s bound – I won’t use it or give it away until I decide. Pantograph is Leafy Love.
I almost hate saying this but I kind of wish I’d hand quilted this one! However, my hand quilting is something else that has stalled out. I’ve got one in progress that I took to Big Canoe thinking I might get it finished there but didn’t touch it.
Another error in judgement today … I’m not sure why I’m having such a challenging time with the new pantographs. I downsized this one but it was still way larger than I expected. It’s weird because I kind of expect the digital file to be at the “recommended” size and then I can tweak it up or down to suit my needs but some of them obviously come sized way larger than their paper equivalent… in this case 2 times larger! I don’t dislike it but I know I’ll like it much better at a smaller size. Panto is Feather Flip and I’ll definitely try it again on another quilt. I’m a little frustrated with myself because I knew these last two weren’t quite right but because they’re new, I figured I’d just try them and see how they would come out … a learning experience in both cases but I’m disappointed that I don’t love the results. Usually I’m much happier with my choices.
Even with the design super sized, there is more than enough quilting to meet my batting requirements. I used a Pellon batting I’d ordered from Joann’s which can be quilted up to 10 inches apart but this is the last roll I’ll get from them. Shipping has been free when I’ve ordered it and the batting itself was on sale which made it a great deal but I much prefer the Hobbs 80/20. Shipping on the Hobbs rolls is up to $30+ per roll and the Hobbs rolls never go on sale which is why I’ve been trying others. I’ll finish the Pellon I have here but I just ordered another roll of the Hobbs.
I’m getting ready to start my HeartStrings blocks for our 365 for Marianne and after looking at my string bin, I decided I would make one of our Sharon inspired HeartStrings quilts that I had kitted up several years ago. I did make a couple substitutions to get to the group of fabric shown above. I want this to be a guy quilt and variety in my string bin is a bit low to be picky so this will be easier for now as I continue my quilting and binding marathon. The tumbler top quilted today is #5 of 10 and I finished the HST binding last night so I’m making progress.
#4 of 10 is quilted. Pantograph is African Samba. I don’t love this panto on this quilt … but I did like how easy it was to quilt. It flowed very smoothly. Hopefully, I’ll choose a more suitable quilt next time. I’m thinking it would look good on a HeartStrings quilt and maybe I should downsize it a little too but I don’t dislike it on this one, I just don’t love it.
It’s already trimmed and the binding is machine stitched on and ready for me to hand stitch tonight.
#3 of 10, a second top of Sue’s to be quilted and donated was loaded, quilted, and is trimmed and ready for binding. The pantograph, flower power,is a free one I found right after getting the new longarm but hadn’t used yet. Very simple but I like how it turned out on this quilt.
I pieced a batting for this one, loaded and quilted it, took it off the longarm, and I’ve got bindings machine stitched on the other two and ready to hand sew and it’s only 10:30 AM. That’s what happens when you wake up in the middle of the night and can’t go back to sleep!