When I left off this project last week, I had put on a pieced border, then removed it. The border was just too much white on the edges and I really didn’t like it. After I picked out the stitches and took it off, I loaded on the frame again and got ready to begin the quilting.
But as I looked at it, and prepared to begin, I realized that if I didn’t do something with the edges, I was going to lose my star points. I put a deeper binding on my quilts than just 1/4-inch, so I needed to add something to preserve the points.
I didn’t have a big enough backing for a lot of border, so I added just a thin white border give me more space for a nice deep binding. Then, it was reloaded on the longarm, and I began the quilting. I used this pantograph on the last Quilt of Valor that I did for the local group. It is a ribbon and star design that is perfect for a patriotic theme, called Blue Star for Urban Elementz.
The thread is white Glide in the top with white Bottom Line in the bobbin.
Hobbs 80/20 batting is in the sandwich.
Then, around 2/3 of the way through, I started getting thread breaks, lots of them. I was so close to finishing! I wound a new bobbin and adjusted the bobbin tension, put in a new needle, adjusted the quilt sandwich tension, rethreaded the machine, and at one point I just had to walk away for a bit.
Yesterday, the machine was behaving a bit better, and I finished the quilting. Whew!! Done! This quilt will be added to my trunk show for in-person speaking events, and will also be used as a class sample.
Today the plan is to make the binding and put it on. Then I’ll have a bit of handwork to do while I watch the Super Bowl on Sunday. I still have my other embroidery project too, so enough to keep me busy.
What are your plans for the weekend?
It is the last couple of days to get this Holiday Flourish Layer Cake on the Precuts sale of the week if you want to join me on a special quilt along with it soon. Fat Quarter Shop’s monthly specials include 20% Off Moda Bella solids fabric bundles, the Basic of the Month, plus 30% Off “Oh Sew Organized” Stash and Store organizers, the Notion of the Month, plus specials on the Book of the Month and Precuts of the Week. The Daily Flash Sale has something new at clearance pricing every day