I am determined to whittle down the list of flimsies waiting to be quilted. I know my pile isn’t as high as some others’, but I really start to spin my wheels and be very unproductive when I have too many unfinished projects in my sewing nook. I just don’t know where to start and feel guilty working on new ideas.
So, in the last couple of weeks I pieced a quilt back and basted and started machine quilting last fall’s autumn themed quilt. (Last fall’s flimsy. Do you see the inertia a project acquires once it becomes a complete but unquilted top?)
This one measures about 48” x 60”, not a bad size to manage on my machine. These days I am drawn to the crispness of straight lines so Walking Foot and I are continuing to work on our partnership. We’re stretching a bit to include arcs. I know the accepted wisdom is to use free-motion quilting for curves, but I know my current free-motion limits! I want crisp arcs in those circles, and my free motion skills won’t give me those so I’m turning the fabric under the walking foot. I don’t know that I would do it if this was a larger quilt to wrestle with, but it’s working well enough for this one.
So far I have quilted all the straight lines in the background as well as quilted in the ditch around the maple leaves and circles. It doesn’t show up well in this picture but each quarter of the circle has a different set of concentric curves quilted in it. There are only 33 more quarter circles to go! And the border…
I am enjoying the luxury of leaving this project out and working on it a little bit at a time as I feel like it With my new-to-me work table, I don’t feel the urgency to get it done quickly to unclutter the dining area upstairs like I did when I had to do the quilting on the kitchen table. I wonder if feeling like I needed to clear a long uninterrupted stretch of days to get a quilt quilted in one big push contributed to me dragging my feet about getting around to the actual quilting?