Saturday, July 27, 2013

Sew Sew Summer

One of the things that was blocking my sewing progress this spring/summer was the enormity of the quilting required for the nine-patch.  You know, when I was basting the sandwich, I ran out of pins it is so big.  Well, I just have that one little table and the brave, heroic Pfaff -- no fancy, schmancy long-arm or recessed Koala furniture like so many stay-at-home crafters have.  My plan for it was just cross-hatch quilting -- no fancy, schmancy feathers everywhere.  My friend Nancy LOVES feathers, but I have become a little annoyed by the elaborate quilting done by long-armers.  Seriously, to have a top quilted professionally anymore, you pay $200 or more.  How much is that per feather?  So, this was the daunting scene Thursday:


At this point, I had just started and had three hatches done.  Half of that mound on the left was on the floor and I just could not imagine how I would get all of that into that tiny space to the right of the needle!

But I did and I finished it this morning.  Still have to do the cross hatching, but now that I have no fear it should be a breeze.  While I was working away diligently on this, I realized that one of my inspirations is Shane, who blogs on Recycled Quilt.  He is one prolific quilter.  I really have never seen anything like it -- he starts one and before you can say "Take a break, dude," it's done -- quilted and everything!  And even more admirably he does it without a lot of fancy, schmancy equipment and very little space.  Thank you, Shane!

xxoo Patty


3 comments:

  1. You know my love of the four and the nine patch, especially on point, and separated by a strip of other fabric to show off the quilting -yes, even my beloved feathers. Anyway, re your space issue - I got the new Nancy's Notions catalog the other day and there is a table called Add-a-Table which measures 29-15/16 x 36-15/16 x 29 high open - but adjusts to three heights - 29, 34 and 39. When closed, it measures just 4 inches deep, easy to slide out of the way. It is not inexpensive at $129 but with all things in Nancy's, if you add something to take you over $150, you can spread the payments over three months. That is how I got my Big Board on its own legs as well as the Tilt'able to put my machine on a slant since my table it too high to see the bed easily. I could have the legs cut down but it's Queen Anne cherry and to me, cutting it would be a crime. You do beautiful work. Want to quilt a quasi-Amish Jewel Box? It's from a Lucky Block round robin.

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