almost) finished my Scrappy Tripalong quilt top.
|single blocks sewn into units of 4 where possible...42 blocks|
I didn't realize how long this craze has been around,(the post I linked to was put up in 2005, and the tutorial was a repeat from 1999 !) so I guess I wasn't 'in early' like I thought, but I'm sure glad that I got wind of it at all.
|Just in time, a sunny day for picture-taking...mind the wind !|
I haven't pieced anything with this many pieces in a very long time, and it was good for me, but I am SO VERY TIRED ! I just kept plodding after it the last few days until it was done.
But looking at it on my bed, (and LOVING IT) I can see that I indeed do need to add borders to the length of this top.
|Lottie snubbed me this morning when I woke up....she had been banished from the room yesterday while I assembled all of the single blocks into bigger units.|
The sides really don't need anything more, so I may just go with top and bottom borders. I definitely WON'T be piecing 6 more blocks to add to it !
I'm also thinking of using a polyester light batting, like I did in my Blushing Bloomers quilt. That is the best feeling quilt to sleep under ! I started out quilting with polyester batts, then switched to cotton ones for a more traditional wrinkle and look. But I'm back to practical, making quilts to USE, and I love the feel of the poly. Since I plan to just ditch quilt this one in both directions, I hope that the polyester batting won't let the top layer 'slide' in front of the walking foot.
I found, by searching online, that the foot I'd like to try is the Brother SA188, and it sells for around $50.00. I saw it on another site for $39.99, but the photo was too small to share here. If you know of a much better deal on it, let me know. I still don't know if it would fit my Singer and my White, but I may try one out sometime.
For now, though, I won't be ordering one for the next couple of weeks, as the trial is scheduled for February 13-15.
"Praise the Lord........Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men, who cannot save. When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing. Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God, the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them---the Lord, who remains faithful forever. He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets prisoners free."
Psalm 146: 1,2-7