Here are the three different threads I used, grey Isacord, a yellow Sulky rayon, and Heirloom fine cotton. All went through the Avanté like a dream with no tension adjustments!! How I love this machine.
Dot to Dot Quilting class on Craftsy. I stitched in the ditch for the yellow triangle sections and then echoed that with a wavy line.
Here is it on the Avanté:
|Love that corner design, one I learned in Dot To Dot Quilting|
In the grey area, I did a loopy meander with a five-pointed crazy star.
The back with the label as a part of the backing. Nothing fancy, just a rail fence block. I called the quilt "Offset Star." I used up all of that pale yellow for the backing and cut up the marginal remainder into six 2 1/2" squares. One more piece off the fabric shelves!
Full back view. I machine-stitched the binding down for this one. I rarely do that as I'm not too good at it (but on this one I only had to go back into one spot that I missed catching it, so I'm improving), but I prefer the look of the hand-stitched binding, and I do enjoy that part of the process too!
|Love all that texture|
And the race to get the runner handquilted? Slo-o-o-w process. I'm doing a "simple" (cough) cable in the border. I'm probably doing the marking and the quilting process all wrong, but too bad, as it's not going in any show or contest!! Here's what I did this morning:
|Bottom edge is quilted using a different process than the side edge...but they are both going to turn out the same...I hope!|
|I love that thimble!|
I drew them on the opposite border edge and quilted those. Yep. I'm going to continue with this "eye" method. But I'll make a template out of the template plastic now that I know it works. Then I can mark the "snake" lines after and all the eyes will be the same size and shape (with any luck)!!
Speaking of luck, I'll need a ton of it to get this done in time for that draw!
Nearly forgot: the dogs have joined me for the past two days downstairs (they prefer being upstairs, to keep tabs on the pesky squirrels). Naala was in a goofy mood today:
She lay like that for several minutes!! Silly girl.