When I visited the Grand Strand Quilters in Myrtle Beach, I agreed to be a part of their drive to get their backlog of 150 QOV quilts quilted and delivered. I came home with 10 to do, and pulled out the first bundle. I like what they have done here, each quilt is tied with the top, backing and batting, ready to go. It has a label on it saying who the piecer was, and who quilted it. There is more information here too, and I think it is great to have a way to track where quilts have gone. This quilt is 68×88, and I think they all are close to that in size.
Opening it up and laying it over the longarm, the piecing has nice stars and bars, with a gold fabric (shown on the left) for backing. I was thrilled to see a nice quality, wide backing with no seams, lovely!
So I got to work and loaded it. It has just a bit of fullness here and there that I could see at the beginning. I believe this is Warm and Natural batting.
I auditioned several thread colors and settled on the golden beige polyester thread that has a bit of sheen. It went great with the metallic golden stars on the fabric. Bottom Line was in the bobbin.
I think it did well on the solid blue and solid red, as well as the prints. I used a pantograph that has mostly curves to soften the hard edges and angles of the stars and bars in the piecing. The pantograph is called Fascination by Lorien Quilting for Willow Leaf Studios, designed by Hermione Agee.
As the quilting progressed, there were a couple of pieces that had more fullness than the others, and a bit of wrinkling showed up. This becomes more apparent as I was trying to keep the seams straight.
So, out comes my new iron. It doesn’t do the shot of steam nearly as well as the old iron, but it will stay on for 30 minutes before shutting itself off.
This is the same gold section after steaming with the solution of 50% Best Press and 50% water, and smoothing.
Then after quilting.
Here is a blue section after steaming….
then quilted. This works many times when there isn’t a lot of fullness, and the fabric is nice quality cotton. It doesn’t work on batiks.
The borders seem to be applied correctly, and quilted easily.
Checking the back, no problems, whew!!
Trimmed and ready for pickup.
The pattern looks nice in either direction.
I rolled it up again with the bits of trimmed backing that could possibly be used for binding, added my name to the ‘quilted by’ line, and attached the paper to the quilt. So, one down, nine to go!
Are you doing any charity quilting?