It took almost a month of daily quilting to get it done and my shoulders and neck ached at the end of every day. I didn't swear, well, OK, just a little, as the quilt moved a jag here and there when I didn't want it to. Any my grand idea of quilting it with navy blue or dark blue thread didn't pan out at all. I had to tear out some stitches and re-quilt some areas. I know, I know, you're not supposed to point out the errors and frustrations on your quilts. What I did like was thinking about my sister most of the time I was making her quilt.
I have a sit down Innova quilting machine, which is basically a huge sewing machine without the feed dogs. In order to support the weight of the quilt, I put 3 tables around my quilting machine and sat kitty corner to the needle. It worked great and I still love my long arm. Here's a picture of the quilting in progress:
Most of the time, I plan to do continuous line quilting so that I don't have to stop, start and tie knots. However, on this quilt, I did a lot of stopping and starting and tying knots because of the way that I designed the quilting motifs. My trick to keep me from getting bored while I tied the knots was to sit in the room with either an audio book downloaded from the library, or to play podcasts, or to lose myself in a Pandora station that was soothing. I loved hearing Tom Hanks read out loud his short stories, "Uncommon Type". I also really liked the book, "Milkman", by Anna Burns. The podcasts that I listened to were TED talks, This American Life, New York Times Book Review, Threads, and a few gardening ones.
I washed the quilt when I was done. This was to get rid of all of the markings, the water soluble foundation and glue used during construction. I was just a bit nervous when I dunked the whole thing into the tub, and watched it to make sure I didn't get color running. (Adding 2 color catchers gave me courage.) Then it was laid flat on the carpet and blocked to finish the drying process. It helped to turn up the heat in the house a couple of degrees. Here's what the living and dining room looked like while it was drying. (The quilt is between 2 sheets). I'm so glad we have a large multipurpose room so that the furniture can be moved around to suit its use.
And here is the finished quilt.
|Colleen's Paisley quilt by Joanne Adams Roth 2019|
|close up of quilting|
I hope my sister likes it!