Hello and Happy Monday!! I’m going to tell you what I’ve been working on but then at the end of the post I’m going to announce all of the winners from the giveaway we had here in conjunction with the Villa Rose Blog Hop. The giveaways are all closed now but if you want to read the post about it, you can find that HERE.
I really had little time in the sewing room this week. Between Izzy going to the groomers, having new foster puppies, hosting the auction here the previous weekend, and taking care of the grandkids, there was just zero time. I’ll tell you more about the dogs in tonight’s blog post…yes, there’s a little drama. But, onto today’s topic, what I’ve been working on.
I managed to get to the sewing room twice. YES, only twice.
My goal for this week was to get this quilt top through the long arm. Sadly, that didn’t happen. I am going to celebrate the progress that I did make though. I got it loaded and I emptied one bobbin of thread. Oftentimes, that’s the hardest part of getting a quilt longarmed.
I debated for a bit on what to use as a quilting motif. I ended up only picking a stipple. There are two reasons for that. One…I know that at this point, me finding a big chunk of time to dedicate to getting this finished isn’t in the cards. I need a motif that I can easily pick up and go back to. I’m guessing that I will try to put a couple of bobbins worth of thread into it every morning until I finally get time to just finish it. That means I will be having several sessions in order to finish it.
When I’m at the longarm and I pick a quilting motif, there is a little difficulty with stopping and starting. I’ve found that I might start out and my swirls motif is only about 2″ x 2″. Then when I start at the next session my 2″ swirl has morphed into a 2 1/2″ swirl and by the time I am done quilting the top, the swirl has grown even larger. Being I do all of the quilting free hand, it can easily happen. I find it’s easier for me to regulate the stipple design.
The other reason I went with a stipple is that this quilt is so pretty. It doesn’t have a universal block either. I didn’t want the quilting and design to fight each other. Sometimes if I put too fancy of quilting motifs on a quilt, I start to feel like the design and the quilting try to fight each other to be the star of the show.
I did take some time and filled bobbins too.
The other thing that was on my priority list of goals was… …