Monday, March 14, 2011

Things I Learned Over the Weekend

My friend, Dotty, knows her quilt top dimensions. I can't remember them for the life of me. This is what she told me when she stopped by this morning: 78 x 96 is like a queen sized comforter. Or twin bedspread. As in all the way to the floor.
It is impossible to spray baste a quilt this size without a nice patio. And a sunny morning. And definitely an able and willing assistant (who incidentally also made me a fabulous breakfast before we started the basting):

This is a lot of quilt to wrangle through the 9" space of my domestic machine. And bike clips don't stay on very well. And they make a lot of noise when they hit a wood floor. Clang...clang...
Some pleats are great, especially when feeding the quilt through for quilting.

Some pleats? Not so much. Oops. Took six lines of vertical stitching out and decided to add more horizontal stitching instead.
The biggest thing I learned this weekend was how much I adore this quilt (solid fabrics--awesomeness!), the mommy who chose the pattern and took all the time to cut, organize, sew (and allowed me in on the project too), and the little boy who will be wrapped up in it!

16 comments:

  1. What a lovely labor of love!

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  2. It turned out so wonderful. Quilting something that size is not for the faint of heart! Great job!

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  3. every quilt is a learning experience. Your quilt shines! It's beautiful.

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  4. It's gorgeous! I'm getting big on the solids too.

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  5. It is absolutely stunning. It's so lively and bright.

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  6. It is very nice and bright.

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  7. Always a great feeling to learn new things, especially as you cruise through the process of finishing your gorgeous quilt! Love seeing your progress!

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  8. So beautiful. Love the colors.

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  9. This quilt is absolutely fantastic! You are such a nice grandma to offer to quilt it. And Christa is an all star for her cutting, organizing and sewing. Wowza!

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  10. Absolutely Levly (lovely, with a little Levi)!

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  11. You are doing an awesome job! And don't worry about those little pleats... when you wash the quilt, they will hardly show.

    Jennifer :)

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  12. Soso cute and fun. You and Mark do make a great team.

    Love the quilt am comited to you all ;)

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  13. the quilt is so beautiful... (so is the little boy!)

    (I hate quilting big quilts on my machine... sigh)

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  14. Wow! What a GREAT looking quilt! Love the colors and the design. This quilt has ENERGY!

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