As you all know I had hoped to have the quilting frame completely done by now but I should have known better. We did get a bit done before Mike went to work yesterday afternoon though. I got all the leaders hemmed and ready to put on the rollers. I had thought maybe I could get it done myself but it really is a two person job – and the glue being used had to be squeezed out of the tube and you know how hard that can be if you have arthritis in your fingers and hands! Mike to the rescue.
By 3PM all the leaders were glued in place and a layer of duct tape over the ends to hold in place – and the tape will stay there too for added security. I was going to take photos while we were working on it but never got to it – I was wearing rubber gloves to protect my hands from the glue and didn’t pick up the camera.
A close up of the old style leader fabric that I found at Hobby Lobby – this is the heavy duty canvas style of fabric. I ironed a crease in the center of each the leader – which I then marked on top and bottom with a marker so I know that is the center – this comes in very handy when putting your quilt on the frame.
For the side rails – you also put a leader in it these will be done with velcro tape though not glue. You attach the sides of your quilts to this to pull and make sure no wrinkles are on the back of your quilt – all layers will be taunt.
On Sunday night because I still had no quilt to quilt I got a Round We Go circle star ready to work on – I find a 12.5 inch sandpaper board so useful for so many things. I have flannel cut to fit the board and a 12.5 inch ruler goes over it all – this especially comes in handy for applique to keep your pieces in the right order and no flying around with it – I find the lay out for these to carry room to room nice too. I am trying to keep up with the groups that are doing this quilt even though I am not joining it. I have the first 4 blocks for #1 done and this is the second in this group for block #2. As you can tell I will need to learn how to take photos better in this room – we have track lighting which is aimed down in different areas of the room which reflect very much on the nice new varnish walls and lots of other things as well – some lights will need to be shut off for photos obviously – I just need to remember to do that.