Orizuru was finished on time, and is currently hanging at the Mountain Regional State Fair, in the Quilts Division category Wall Hangings. But, finishing it gave me a few more headaches before it was done. Since the blue markers were working well, I continued with them and marked a few feathers on the outer border. I also marked a 1/4-inch line all the way around to keep the feathers within the frame so the binding wouldn’t cover them up.
I only marked a few to get me started, doing touch-and-go feathers. These have no backtracking, so they are faster and easier. Coming out from the spine, curve to the previous feather, then swing back larger for the completion of the feather. Once I had a rhythm going, I could continue around the little quilt with just the spine marked.
Then I began on the ribbon candy for the inner border. Yuk, I didn’t like this white thread on the dark green.
So, out it came. I hadn’t gotten too far, so it didn’t take long.
Now to audition greens. None of these was really the right color.
The only color that really worked was a Mettler, not one I’ve used in the longarm before.
But, what the hey? Let’s try it. I threaded the longarm with it, and started in. Immediately, I can see the tension is off. So, one more time I ripped out the stitching.
I took the bobbin out to measure it on the Towa. Now, I had only changed one Bottom Line bobbin in white for a Bottom Line bobbin in green, but the tension was way off. I adjusted it to 180.
It is much better on the scrap piece I used to test it, but not perfect.
I tightened it just a tiny bit more to 190 or so, and then stitched a figure-8 to be sure it was good.
The green border was done totally freehand in a ribbon candy design. The matching thread now is just texture and doesn’t really show too much.
Whew, finally, all done with the quilting!!
I am happy with it overall.
I added a label.
Then the border is carefully sewn with perfect miters on the corners, making sure the binding is full with batting.
I can see some things that I should have done a bit more carefully. The stippling is a bit uneven, and some of the stitch in the ditch isn’t quite in the ditch. There are a few feathers that extend under the binding. But overall, it is one of my better efforts, so I am pleased.
Here’s a look at the lower corner.
I entered it in the fair, and was thrilled to see it won a Third Place in miniatures.
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