Remember this quilt? I've been blogging about it to keep my excitement going. Right now, I'm in the boring parts, so I need all the motivation I can get. But, I'm proceeding "as the spirit takes me", so to speak. And progress is good.
So, the first thing I did was draw my plans. These were drawn on plain white flipchart paper. I did not freehand draw them. They're traced from a variety of things. The ornaments and the trees are traced from pictures in a children's coloring book. The string of lights is from the outside of a gift bag that my mentor gave me a couple of years ago. The packages were drawn with a quilting ruler to mark the angles.
I'm a bit worried about the packages. I haven't been able to put my finger on what's wrong with them until this morning. I don't think there's enough negative space in the plan. I'm worried that they'll quilt as a bunch of lines and won't look like I want them to. I may redraw them over the weekend...in my "free" time. Hahahahahahahahahahaha!
I've learned to never use my original on my quilt as a template. Two reasons. Reason 1, the graphite from the pencil will stain the thread and it never comes out, no matter how much oxyclean and spray'n wash you scrub into it with a toothbrush. Trust me on this. I have one quilt with thread that is gray and off white variegated, but was supposed to be all off-white and a second quilt that needs all the quilting pulled out and redone. The thread was supposed to be yellow and it's a dark grayish green/yellow baby-poop color...and it's 80% quilted.
Reason 2, I will make a mistake and will need the original to make a second copy of some part of the design. It happens every time I use the last copy as a quilting template. EVERY time.
This morning, I un-threaded my singer 15-91, with the bobbin case that will hold a class 15J bobbin, and I pinned a piece of golden threads paper to it and sewed along all the major lines in the ornament template. That gave me a needle pierced copy, so no worry about ink or graphite getting on the thread. I still have my master copy to look at to help me figure out the quilting plan. And, if I turn that golden threads copy upside down, the bumps made by the needle as it pierced the paper will create shadows, making the lines easier to follow.
Brilliant. I just wish I could remember who thought of it so I could give them credit.
This was also a good chance to give that 15-91 a free-motion test drive. The harp on the machine is plenty big enough for a quilt to fit in it and the feed dogs drop. The foot pedal is not sensitive enough for my "fancy" quilting, tho. I had a bit of trouble hitting that perfect speed. But, it will be a great second machine for things like Linus quilts. I hope to be able to set up my Bernina to work on this holiday quilt and then set up the 15-91 so I can move forward on the two Linus quilts I pieced in March.
Okay, that's it for me today. Be suspicious of everything. It is April Fool's day after all.