Phewwwwwww.........every one of these I do makes me wonder if it will be the last !
Basting this quilt, at 72 x 90 inches, was such a chore, I was aching in my back by the time I finished.
But then, wrestling it through the small opening of my old Singer machine was a real tug of war !
I HAVE to find a new walking foot ! This one pushed the top along, making a little tuck when I would come upon another seam crossing my way ! I was very frustrated by that, I don't mind telling you. I would have bought a new foot long ago, but I can't find one to fit my old Singer, and still has a wide area at the needle hole so that I can see where I'm stitching. This one gives you almost a blind view.
I free-motion-quilted loop-de-loops in both sides of the blocks, leaving the 1 1/2 inch strip unquilted except for the ditch-quilting that they had already received.
I had to figure out paths for the quilting to take as I traveled from one section of a block to the next. Most of the quilt is connected that way, continuously, but I did wind up with a couple of sections that I had to do on their own.
At one point, the thread broke, and I found that I had been quilting with the presser foot up..........yikes, there were loops everywhere on the back. Well, it seemed like it at the time, but in reality, it was probably just part of one block. But before I had done that, the tension had gotten skewed by the quilt rubbing against the dial somehow, and there was a bunch more quilting that had small loops all along the back of it. So, I had to sit down and remove quite a bit of stitching, and then go in and redo it. Blessedly, all was good after that, and in pretty good time, I got it all done to my satisfaction.
It's not a coordinate of the other fabrics in the top, which are a collection called, "Mastermind" by Jennifer Callo for Connecting Threads, it but goes well with it. On the other hand, I had planned to bind it in the dark blue that I used for the next-to-last border, but when I placed it against the backing fabric, it looked terrible from the back. So, I switched to the backing fabric for binding.
The quilt has been through the washer and dryer, and I actually liked it better before that. I still need to stitch a label onto the back, and then figure out how I'm going to get it to my 3-year-old grandson in Oklahoma..........no hurry, as he still sleeps on a crib-sized mattress in a little boy bed.
EDIT: Just adding my wishlist from Connecting Threads in order to be added to their 'wishlist giveaway' sweepstakes.
I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy; for thou hast considered my trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities;
The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear?The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
When the wicked came against me to eat up my flesh, my enemies and foes, they stumbled and fell. Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear....Psalm 27 1-3
Psalm 31: 7, 8
And hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy; thou hast set my feet in a large room.