This quilt came off the longarm about a week ago. It is a Quilt of Valor, and was a bit more of a challenge at the beginning, as the backing had several problems.
This is what I call Frankenbacking. There are four vertical seams and two horizontal ones. The friend that gave it to me to quilt was so proud of herself, telling me she left the selvedge edges on for me to load it, and that she was able to use a pretty piece of floral fabric. I was not expecting this though. First, the print is directional. Normally this isn’t an issue, but she had measured the top and backing for it to be loaded sideways, which would make this print sideways on the back. And to make it worse, she wanted the print centered.
Then, here is the edge on the right side. How she thinks I can pin this evenly is beyond me.
Oh, and it is the same on the left. If I cut this off even, then I don’t have the full four inches on the majority of the quilt. So we have not one, not two, not three, but four issues with this backing, and when I am quilting for free, it is just too much. I had a navy blue print with white stars, and I emailed her to ask if I could just use a different backing. She agreed, so I made a new backing, properly sized, with a single one inch seam that runs parallel to the leaders and moved on. The fabric I used was purchased for QOV, and she will replace it for me later. I only did this because she is a very good friend. Anyone else would have just gotten it back un-quilted.
Loading it, I noticed these bias seams in the borders. Oh, heavens, don’t do this. It doesn’t really hide a seam, especially on a busy print. Border seams should be straight, just like your piecing, so you don’t get extra stretch and distortion.
Thankfully, the quilt was reasonably straight with my fold up test, indicating the proper measure and cut method was used for the border application.
I quilted it with white Glide thread on top and Bottom Line in the bobbin.
The white looks good on the basket blocks. Each block was made by someone different and signed. This pantograph is called Pipeline by Urban Elementz.
A group of ladies making blocks gave my friend 15 to put into a quilt.
She added the sashing and borders to bring it up to a good size.
She needed one more block to complete the setting, and came up with this brilliant idea. Using her embroidery machine, she embroidered the words “Thank You For Your Service” along with a little shooting star. I loved this idea!
Quilting goes quickly when there is lots of time to play.
All quilted, and ready to go back to her for trimming and binding.
What are you working on this week?
Special note to those doing the Twist Mystery Quilt along. This one is giving me fits with the math. There are two correction sheets to download, one for the crib size and one for the full size. The full size was revised again as there was yet another mistake in it. So here they are. Make the corrections on your pdf downloads you have so far. Hopefully the notes will be good going forward.
Twist Crib Size Correction
Twist Full Size CorrectionRev