Sunday, August 21, 2022

The next section -

To be quilted on my Red/White/Blue Panel

Was the top row of star blocks - 
And I could also quilt the top two RED borders - 
I could make it to the outside edges - 
Of the outer RED/WHITE borders on both sides - 

And I could go from the top of the outer RED/WHITE border -
To just past the middle star point on the second star block - 

The second/third/fourth star blocks on each side were already quilted - 

So I didn't have to worry about them -
But I didn't know what to do about the outer BLUE border - 
Or the sides -
So I quilted the top and bottom rows of star blocks -
And decided to re-hoop it to quilt all of the borders on each side -
One at a time -  
I quilted from the outside edge of the RED borders - 
On all three borders - 
The solid RED- the RED/WHITE and the BLUE outer borders - 
Then I slid the quilt to the left to quilt the right BLUE corner - 
And then to the right to quilt the left BLUE corner - 
I did that on the top and bottom -  
Then - when I did the sides - the corners were already done - 
And I could quilt the rest of each side in one pass - 

After I took this close-up of the bottom right corner star block - 
To show my "improvement" - 
I realized that I missed that top WHITE square -
Will I re-hoop it to finish that one? - 
Nope - 
Let it be the "one of these is not like the others" -  LOL -
I did pebbles in the solid RED border - 
And loops in the RED/WHITE one - 
And spirals in the BLUE one - 
It was hard to see what I was stitching in those print areas - 
So I had to wait until I took it off the frame to see what it looked like - 
And - wouldn't you know - 
I ran out of bobbin thread - 
THIS far from the end of last solid RED border - 
So - rather than wind another RED bobbin - 
I used the little bit of TURQUOISE left on this one - 
And it's quilted!! - 
Ta dah! - 

It still needs to be trimmed and bound -

And it's not my best work - 
But it was a terrific learning experience!! - 
I learned that - 
I LOVE my machine - 
But this frame is too small -  

It should not have taken me THIS long to quilt a 40" x 40" panel -
I think I spent more time re-hooping - 
Than I did actually quilting - 
And if it took me this long to do a small panel - 
A larger quilt will take f.o.r.e.v.e.r. - 
So I've talked to the dealer - 
And I'm trying to upgrade to a larger frame - 
Stay tuned - LOL - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 


Gene Black said...

I wondered about the hooping process taking a lot of time. But I wonder if once you have the leader clothes installed and can go down one section and then down the other if it will be much quicker.

Katie said...

I bet the hooping process will go faster at you do more, but getting a bigger frame is even more exciting! The quilt looks great and finished in record time (for you) despite the hoopla!!

Linda Swanekamp said...

Yes, bigger real estate is a huge help. The hooping process is ok if you are just doing small stuff. But you got it done! Congratulations!


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