Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears. No rhetoric, just a quilt. I put the pedal to the metal on the back end of this quilt and it’s finished, other than trimming threads. Oh who am I kidding? That will take me another week!
I was quilting at some crazy non-quilting hours of the day for me. 5:30am, lunch, 7pm. In other words, before work, during lunch and after work. I learned a lot working on a large (99″ x 99″) quilt on a long arm. First of all, there’s a better way to square a quilt than what I did – which was to eyeball it.
There’s something called a zero line tape measure or something like that. The general idea is you put the tape measure – which yes, is 0 in the middle and counts up in both directions – at the middle of your quilt and as you advance it each time, you make sure each side hits the same spot on the tape measure as it did the time before. Who’d a thunk?
Second, even though it involves unloading and reloading, it would’ve been better if I had rotated the quilt before quilting the side borders. Doing that vertically involved a whole lot of stopping and starting of threads…which is why it’s going to take me a week to cut them all.
The winner in all of this? The tension on my long arm was perfect – yay! And it fits nicely on a queen sized bed as shown in the photo above, with the 2 extra borders that I included. I quilted traveling leaves around the outside border, swirls in both directions on the inner border, Greek keys for both squares and triangles inside the quilt and a couple of other ones that I liked.
Hand sewing the binding went extremely fast and to be honest with you, I’m not sure how I actually got it done that quickly other than again this morning at 5:30 I had my needle in hand. It’s on the college kid’s bedroom for now since the 2 quilts I’ve made so far for that bedroom have both headed to college.
Oh and it looks discolored at the bottom? That’s an optical illusion. It’s hanging from the 2nd floor landing and the TV was on behind it which is what’s shining through! Linking up at http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2017/02/mystery-monday-link-up-finale.html .