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!