On the frame and ready to quilt!! Excited for some reason – I really do believe this will be one of my favorite quilts. I love the borders and I am so glad I decided on wool borders on there. This quilt is going side to side on the frame instead of top to bottom as I wanted to be able to work on one border at a time instead of a little bit on each side and all in between before I got to the border again – I am hoping it will flow better if you understand what I mean.
Of course getting a big quilt like this ready when you do not have large tables to make sure all is straight and even means more floor work for me – two days in a row! We ate out last night – I was too tired to cook!! I lay the backing and batting on the floor, position the quilt top over it all to make sure all is nice and even, trim the batting down a little – the backing was just fine as is and it was straight! No trimming necessary. Then several hours of work getting one layer at a time on the quilting frame and here it is!
Because I knew I was going to have to use different needles then I normally do I thought I needed to sit for 30 minutes or so after I got it on the frame to fool around and try needles – finding the perfect one.
The drawer I keep all the small odds and ends in and the chocolate – two squares of chocolate are allowed per quilting session LOL – dark chocolate – it is good for you and necessary for your health you know. I meant to zoom in on those needles and had to rearrange them. The Altoids tin is for used needles and rotary blades – tape shut when full and toss. (this drawer was recently cleaned that is why it is so neat – isn’t normally)
Here you can see where all the odds and ends of needles end up – purchased over the years and discarded and Melanie knows exactly where they are so if she shows up with out her needles she can come grab one they are all much bigger than I normally use for quilting or piecing. Some of you might like those Pepper Corey big stitch needles – I don’t they are too thick to glide smoothly through my quilt – they will get passed on to Melanie if she can use them. The little plastic box holds needles that I found scattered throughout the drawer when I cleaned it!
Trying out the thread – works really well.
Not real big stitches, but not real small either – most likely not what some consider “big stitch” but when you are used to small stitches these are big stitches.
Right now I am using Bohn Embroidery needles size 9, Aurfil thread # 12. I hope you will enjoy following along on the quilting of this quilt for the next 3 months or so. I am linking to Quilt Story today and Esther’s Quilt Blog.