Greetings – of course it is hot and yes it was horrible walking this morning, but I did it! Today I made decisions, decisions, decisions! First, I have so many beautiful patterns to make that I decided that I would pass on the “freebies” that I had talked about doing in one of my previous posts! Second was to get myself going and quilt my first Reproduction Quilt that I made (I believe) in 2014. It was a BOM from Barbara Brackman! It is quilted! I plan on putting the binding on by machine. I may use the light beige or the dark brown crackle fabric for the border. Either way it will be done by machine! I have over 10 quilts to machine quilt and 6 that need to be hand quilted! I would like to make a dent in the group that can be machine quilted before I can no longer do this with my back! I have 5 that will be sent out for custom work later in the year. There are a total of 24 quilts that need to be quilted!!!!!
I have a 2005 Handi Quilter that is NOT computerized! I do free motion quilting and there are 3 different variations that I do with a meandering stitch. I was going to use some rulers that I had purchased prior to 2014 and try to do some special type quilting, but I realize now that those days are past and that I am not interested in spending the time learning how to ‘mini-custom quilt-my quilts’! I need to sell the rulers and the books on continuous quilting!! This afternoon I quilted this quilt with my favorite meandering stitch and it feels so good to have completed it! I realized that I would be putting myself under stress to worry about using rulers and how to quilt each block! I just am not interested in spending that much time on a utility quilt and I do not need anymore stress!
This is my HQ16. It is working better than ever now since Clay worked on the ‘ribbon connections’ (see them in the picture – looks like computer ribbons) for the stitch regulator. They were not making good contacts and after Clay worked on them it is working like a dream!! This quilt was very easy to quilt without one issue popping up! Here is a close up of my HQ16.
Tomorrow I will be quilting Apricot Lilly! She will be an easy one to do – preparing the batting and backing and loading them will take longer than the quilting it! But it will be done tomorrow, remember, I am on a roll!
This evening I will continue on my Sashiko as it is a nice break from embroidery or applique (well OK, I have not been appliqueing for awhile) but it is very relaxing!
So tonight I am HAPPY and back into my quilting! Oh yes – the 3rd decision – we are going to take a trip to the Casino in August and stop in and visit our friends in Salesville, Texas. We are so looking forward to a short getaway! I guess our day out yesterday to the Hill Country did both of us good!
Have a great evening and keep on stitching!
Linking To: My Quilt Infatuation; Confessions of a Fabric Addict; Finished or Not Friday ; Sew Can She; Em’s Scrap Bag; BOM’s Away; Fiber Tuesday; Sew, Stitch, Snap, SHOW; Sew Fresh Quilts; Crazy Mom Quilts; Oh Scrap; Scrap Happy Saturday; Show and Tell Monday with Bambi; Slow Stitching Sunday Quilt Fabrication Mid Week Makers; Peacock Party Kevin