Quilting this violet and green on-point setting quilt was finished on a rainy afternoon. Outside is so much green now, and getting more green by the day. I usually unplug the longarm during thunderstorms as I don’t fully trust the surge protector, but a light gentle rain makes for a cozy day in the basement to sew.
I did have a fix to make on the backing. I picked a big piece of dark green out of the stash, cut it in half and seamed it together lengthwise to make it wide enough. Unfortunately, there was this little bite out of one edge. Naturally I didn’t find it until the other side and the rest of this side was pinned to the leaders.
This is a problem when loading a backing on a longarm. That unsecured edge will allow the backing edge to sag and create an uneven pull across the backing, that might result in puckers or pleats on the back. So, I pinned a bit of fabric in the open space to allow the edge to be secured to the leader. Pinning was enough, I didn’t need to take it off and sew this little patch in.
So all loaded, and now to do the stand and stare. I was thinking that it would really be special to quilt feather wreaths in the solid purple print squares, and some other freehand motifs in the four patches.
Ultimately I went with a pantograph again. I had two more quilts in the queue and needed to get this one done and off the frame. The pantograph has a feather design, and looked nice in the border squares. I used a darker thread to make the quilting pop in the light areas. An adjustment to the bobbin tension after this row tightened up the stitches.
Then in the purple print, it made a nice texture. I used polyester thread on the top in a golden brown, and Bottom Line in the bobbin. The batting is Warm and Natural. The pantograph is called Feelin’ Groovy designed by Michelle Wyman and Terri Watson of Heart and Soul Quilts, and sold by Willow Leaf Studio.
The darker thread color shows nicely in the white. I like the density of this pantograph too.
Finishing up the quilting, the feather design quilts up nicely.
Cutting off the excess after the quilting was complete, the dark green had enough left over to make binding.
And, all done, ready to donate.
Now, I just need to decide where it will go. It is lap quilt size, so it could go to either the senior center or the chemo center. It might come down to which friend comes over next, LOL!!
I have another QOV to do, and one for a foster care center, both large quilts that will take some time. Luckily, they both will use pantographs too. I’ll show those to you soon.
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