|A challenge to quilt such busy strips intermixed with solids!|
Well this one is ready to be bound and sent to Japan as one of over 100 quilts sent from our Project Linus area. Woohoo! I like the variation in thread color because it is invisible in the busy fabrics and adds interest to the solids.
I also like the madras plaid backing, although I don't think I'd choose it since it is thin and the imperfections in the weaving process will allow it to wear quicker than a good quality quilting fabric.
|Pretty madras plaid backing.|
I learned a few more lessons about pantographs on this quilt. Some are really obvious after the fact, i.e. If the design is mostly flowers, a little swirly ribbon will really stand out when it is quilted each row at the same spot. I guess it would be hard to have wavy rows and offset them left to right.
|Swirly Ribbons are in obvious alignment in the solid areas|
The other lesson learned is about posture and having a good workspace. My machine manual suggests using a UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply). The machine's cord is just barely long enough to span most of the 10 foot frame if the UPS sits on the floor right where I need to stand for quilting pantographs. To compensate, I tried to stand further away from the frame and lean into it a bit. Then, the floor vent also got in the way, so I'd spread my feet apart and shift weight side to side as I tried to avoid standing on the UPS and vent. This resulted in sore muscles.
|Strange Top Down View of my frame (flannel tied where the cord tries to get tangled), UPS, vent and my omni-present socks - Don't try this at home!|
Since I don't have these pattern and posture challenges with free motion, I'll stick with quilting from the front of my machine for awhile. I prefer this method anyway. : )
So, the computer was repaired. Yippee! The water damage project is drying out with 2 dehydrator before we can make drywall repairs and put the sewing/laundry room back together. Until then, there are a few stray items in the dining/quilting room. One day, I hope to post about a new quilting studio after we convert the screened in porch into a sunroom/quilt studio. I enjoy imagining the possibilities - design wall, afternoon sun blockers, additional lighting ... and getting to dine in the dining room again.
Enjoy your day!