The last item on this week’s list is done! It’s rare for a top of mine to go straight from the design wall to the longarm but I decided the heart pantograph would look good on this Charm Square top too. Don’t you love the texture quilting brings to a top?! Pantograph is Leafy Love.
And how cute are my little Valentines?! Becky is so good about sending me photos of the girls. I sent all the kids cards for Valentine’s Day and I’m assuming that Caleb and Bree got theirs but Becky doesn’t leave me wondering!
Keith and I chose to stay home rather than go out so I cooked him one of his favorite meals and we had a quiet evening – it was perfect!
My Charm Squares Happy Block top is quilted with another one of my new pantographs called Leafy Love purchased from Urban Elementz and it’s definitely a new favorite. One of the things I love about the new machine is that I can resize pantographs and this one was resized to 6.5 inches high keeping the width proportional. Urban Elementz has paper patterns in addition to the digital ones I use with my Pantovision so if you like ones that I share here on the blog, check them out.
The last Maine top is quilted. Pieced by little Mary and quilted with the pantograph Raindrops but not without issues … some thread breakage in the beginning had me worried but some tweaks solved the issue. It’s the first time I’ve used Signature variegated thread in this machine and overall it did OK. I did have some tension issues at one point too but found a lint booger in my bobbin case and that seems to have been the issue.
Worst of all … I punched the needle through the side of my finger when I was basting the top. Yes, another klutzy accident and I now have bandaids on two of my left hand fingers. I guess I’m lucky it wasn’t the index finger that’s still healing from being sliced with the rotary cutter. So what’s the reason I’m so accident prone all the sudden? I think it’s related to my sleep problems. I’m thankful that it caught the fleshy side of my finger and didn’t go through the nail!
I have one more of the Maine tops left to quilt but decided to do this little Strippie first since I could use the same thread that was already on the machine. Just some simple freehand swirls and watery meandering. I love that whale fabric!
I’m sure most of you already know that you can find brief instructions for my Quick Strippie on my website. Just a reminder that the purpose of the website is to give brief instructions/details about the quilts I make for the readers of my blog interested in making their own versions. I received a snippy little email complaining that the instructions for one of the quilts were very vague but she was going to give them a try and she hoped the quilt turned out. As I’ve said before, while I’m willing to answer specific questions, it’s not my intention to write and publish patterns and the instructions are written assuming a quilter has enough knowledge to take the details I provide and make the quilt – if not, then my website isn’t for them and they should look for more detailed published patterns elsewhere.
I have an unexpected trip to make to Fort Lauderdale on Thursday and Friday so I won’t get through everything on the list for the week but I will work some tomorrow…. maybe piecing, maybe quilting… we’ll see what I feel like doing.
This little Strippie I brought back from Maine is quilted … #5 of 6 … just one more to do and then they’ll all need binding. I think it was pieced by Sharon but I’m not sure about that.
I was excited to find a new feature on my Apple Watch today. I didn’t realize that I had a calculator on the watch and it has a “tip” feature. I can put in the amount of the bill, dial in the percentage I want for the tip and the number of people, and it tells me how much tip and how much each person pays … all without having to take out my phone to use its calculator!
I love it when I get more accomplished than planned in a day. I intended to load this one today and quilt it tomorrow but I got it loaded and quilted this evening. I’m pretty sure this 16 patch was pieced by Jackie – it’s #3 of 6 I brought home from the Maine sew-in to quilt and finish. The goal is to get all 6 quilted this month.
Pantograph is call Mermaid Fingers by Apricot Moon designs. It’s the first time I’ve used this one and it’s kind of an elongated, teardrop shaped meandering.
I also managed to make a lot of progress on the Map quilt last night and I did another row of blocks today. Just two more rows to go.