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Lucy Boston–Patchwork of the Crosses, Quilt Top on 3 Roller Hand Quilting Frame, quilts, sewing room, William Morris in Applique-Floral Fantasy

Even with a clamp light on one section of the quilting frame and another soon to come (ordered) I could tell the light wasn’t going to be good enough for the quilting frame – I could tell I would have eye strain so Mike put up two florescent lights underneath the fabric shelves.  I will still have two clamp lights also just in case I need all of them – my eyes are getting older LOL,  what can I say – I have always worn glasses and they get worse in dim light the older you get I think.  The florescent furthest away in the photo I need to trade out the light bulb for a day light bulb the one that is in it now cast a yellowish color it was an old one that we had – the other has a new bulb that I purchased yesterday.


I was busy yesterday making more templates for the final set of 4 flowers and leaves.  The fabric on the corner of the table is what I will use I think – the green is for the leaves and stem – I might change out the color of the flowers I’m not sure and I will look at it more today.


The flowers that I will be preparing are on the border in the photo – the one on the right side- of the lower border.  I am linking to Kathy’s Quilts today for Slow Stitch Productivity.


I have had several questions lately about basting quilts and getting them on the quilting frame.  When you use a 3 roller quilting frame you do not baste your quilt – I have a tutorial on the side bar that shows how I load a quilt on to my quilting frame so you can see how it is done if you want look.  It is similar I believe to how you use a long arm frame but I’m not sure how close it is to how you do a hand quilting 3 roller frame.   I also have a square Grace frame that is on a stand but I haven’t used it in years and it is set aside for now – I had bought it to use in the camper when we had a large camper but then we traded in for a smaller one and I had no room for it – I haven’t found a comfortable spot in the house to use it – maybe one day?  –  you would need to baste your quilt before you use it as I do with the smaller round frame that I have that I quilt baby quilts and table toppers with.

Hope everyone is having a good weekend.

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9 comments… add one
  • Debra Apr 6, 2014

    This applique is stunning and glad that your lighting solution is working out for you! 🙂

  • Thimbleanna Apr 6, 2014

    Let there be light! (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.) Looks like you have some great light now. I’m amazed at how (seems to me anyway) quickly you’re progressing on your hand quilting — you’re amazing!

  • Victoria Apr 6, 2014

    Hi Karen!. You’re right about the light and about the eyes getting older. I don’t like sewing late in the afternoons but in the mornings or just after lunch when the sun light is better. Your sewing room is so tidied and organised. Love!
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  • Pip Apr 6, 2014

    I agree about the light and old eyes, daylight isn’t too bad for me but at night I have a lot of problems, I’ve found a little LED task light which is great and casts a good bright light. Maybe you could get a strip of LED lights to put under the shelf to see if that would help.

  • Deb Apr 6, 2014

    Beautiful! I always wondered how the three roller system works. I’ll have to come check it out once I go tuck the littles into bed.
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  • Michele Hill Apr 7, 2014

    It is looking fabulous Karen – woo too……nearly done!
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  • Michele Hill Apr 7, 2014

    That was supposed to say “Woo Hoo”!
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  • Jill C. Apr 7, 2014

    Both quilts look very nice. Coincidentally, I am having the same eye strain issue when sewing in evening. I also think it is due to age. I use to have a 3 roller quilt frame , however it was too large for my allotted space where I sew in the natural daylight. Keep up your beautiful hand work.

  • Kathy ... aka Nana Apr 7, 2014

    Glad you found a solution to your lighting situation … sounds perfect! Your applique is coming right along and looking great.
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