|Tabby Mountain is OFF My Wall and ON My Frame, FINALLY!|
- The quilt top is very straight and square to begin with, so no need for the additional control and fudgeability of a partial float to ease out fullness
- My first step in quilting is going to be SID (stitching in the ditch), but only the bias diagonal seams of the triangles -- not the horizontal seams. I wanted to ensure that those seams remained straight throughout quilting, and basting them straight up front seemed like a good way to do that
- When I SID, I'm going to use Mono Poly invisible monofilament thread to blend with all of these different fabric and to hide any little oopsies since this is, after all, my first attempt at SID on a long arm quilting machine. Invisible thread requires major tension adjustments, so I want to complete all of the SID with that thread at once rather than change threads two or three times with every advance of the quilt top.
- Although there are nearly as many different "right" ways to load and quilt as there are quilters, several people recommended a video tutorial demonstrating "Loading Lori's Way," and Lori bastes the entire quilt first before doing any other quilting. That gave me the confidence boost I needed to get started -- knowing that someone else who knows what she's doing has done it this way with success!
|GIANT Tacking Basting Stitch, Using Horizontal Channel Lock|
|Painter's Tape Reference Keeps the Sides Straight Throughout the Basting Process|
|Nice, Straight Sides, All the Way to the Bottom|
|See the Bulging Wrinkle at Each Basted Seam? Lori Says That's Normal!|
Today I'm hoping to get all of the SID completed and at least make a start on the ruler work that I've planned. You probably won't be seeing other posts from me this week, as I'll be frantically quilting away every chance I get in order to have a finish to show for myself on Friday.
But in order to be the Hostess With the Mostest (the mostest posts linked up to my party), I need all of YOU to finish something this week, too, so you can link up with me here on Friday. Pretty please, come to my linky party! (Does that sound too needy??)
Here's the deal:
If you have a finished project to share by the end of the week, link up and pop a TGIFF button on your blog. Your finish can be anything you've made out of fabric and thread, as long as you've finished it within the past week. Quilts, dolls, costumes, clothing, pot holders... Anything goes! Even if you don't have a finish of your own to show off, please plan to sip your coffee on Friday morning while admiring and commenting on the fabulous finishes of others. I'll be posting the TGIFF linky right here on my blog by 6 PM EST on Thursday, March 29th, to ensure that it's live by the time Friday morning arrives in other parts of the world.
Meanwhile, today I'm linking up with:
- · Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts http://www.cookingupquilts.com/
- · Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt http://lovelaughquilt.blogspot.com/
Have a fabulous week, everyone -- see you Friday!