Do you ever get tired of sewing/quilting? I do not! That kinda surprises me because in my life, I’ve gone through hobbies and the only one that has “stuck” has been quilting. I’ve been quilting for 28 years! Not always as prolific as you now know me to be though.
If I piece for days and days, then I’m really anxious to get to the longarm and make feathers . . or whatever else I may get to do. If I’m on the longarm for days and days, then I can’t wait to get back to piecing . . even cutting is fun.
When I used to work at a 9 – 5 job, mostly before Chad, I can remember the excitement of walking out the door on Friday and knowing I had the weekend to do whatever I wanted to do. That’s how I felt this morning when I finished the last scheduled longarming job for this week. I thought I could finish it last night but gave up at 2 a.m. I hopped right out of bed early this morning, finished this last quilt, got three boxes ready for UPS, which is 6 quilts out the door and the rest of the weekend is mine to spend sewing.
I did have to do a bit of house cleaning and cooking for the weekend, and there was a nap to be had but now . . the weekend is mine!
This was the last quilt I had to do for the week. I’ll admit that when I opened the package with this quilt, I felt my knees begin to tremble and my palms felt a little sweaty! This quilt could take months to quilt! This lady could owe me millions of dollars! YES! My son is in college. Millions of dollars is exactly what I need!
Reality set in and I came to my senses and I knew this lady was not going to pay me millions of dollars so the best thing for me to do was come up with a quilting plan that might not take months because it had to be something affordable. She did a wonderful (as in *perfect*) job of piecing this quilt.
It’s beautiful and I love it and I’d be thrilled if someone gave me one. But, I don’t have any desire ever to piece something this intricate. I don’t think I have the patience to piece one single block for this quilt! Do you see how tiny some of those pieces are? My hat is off to anyone who makes one of these.
I ended up stitching in the ditch, because I’m a big fan of SID, and because I think it really makes the shapes/pieces look more crisp. Sometimes when I don’t SID, the quilting will kinda push the pieces around and they just aren’t as crisp. Anyone who did this much work on a top deserves for me to keep everything straight and lined up so that’s why I choose to do the extra work it takes to do the SID.
Anyway, I used monopoly for the top and Bottom Line in the bobbin for all the SID. For the feathers and flowers which I used for the larger shapes, I used Bottom Line in the bobbin and Signature 100% cotton (Baguette color) on the top. I originally planned to match the top thread, then I decided to use gray in the blocks, and tan in the pointy things where I put the flowers but I decided using the same color (Baguette) throughout, made the quilting less busy and distracting and gave it some sense of uniformity.
Don’t know how much of the quilting you can see in the pictures but I’m very pleased with it and think the owner will be also. It’s boxed up and ready for UPS to pick up.