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Afternoon Delighted to be at this stage

Many people make New Year’s Resolutions; some choose a word, some list projects to be completed. I’ve done all three at times. In December of 2019 I decided I would make the 2020 Block of the Month hosted by The Quilt Show. Once that promise was made to myself, I felt obligated!

Much to my chagrin it featured double nine-patches and a lot of applique with teeny tiny pieces. But I did it!

And now it is on the quilting frame; after spending some time agonizing over the proper way to quilt it. I am not expert at custom quilting and somehow a pantograph–all-over row pattern didn’t seem right.

After a lot of thinking–and procrastination, I loaded it up; and began. I used straight lines for the borders, cross-hatching for the nine patches, and stippling for the applique blocks.

I’m about half way though.

My back is not happy standing and so I bought a very nice office chair to rest on while I do the stippling and cross-hatching—this is not exactly a sit-down machine—but it seems to work okay for me.

Isn’t that back pretty? The quilt shop in Warren posted it on one of their ‘new fabric just in’ and I had to have it. I think it is perfect for the

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  1. Sherry Walker #


    August 21, 2021
  2. Jeannie Loving #

    What a gorgeous quilt. What a talented quilter!

    August 21, 2021
  3. Linda W Miles #

    That beauty took more than an afternoon!

    August 22, 2021
  4. Oh man, I’ve always loved the look of nine-patches set that way but I also know what that means in terms of work! And lots of work in the alternating blocks as well. A real accomplishment to stick with finishing something as intricate and BIG as this! Also, I salute you for opting for something other than an overall quilting pattern. From those I know who long arm quilt, cross-hatching and straight lines are not easy like they are on a standard machine. But a quilt like this deserves proper quilting that shows it off, not covers it up.

    August 22, 2021
  5. I am not the best at custom quilting and that cross-hatching is not easy–even though I’m using a ruler. The straight lines are easy enough as long as I remember to engage the channel locks. I thought about doing straight lines on the entire quilt but ti is quite large–I don’t have the full 14 foot frame; just a 9 foot one—that is as big as would fit in the space I have—and even that is a tight squeeze.

    August 23, 2021

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