The Tumbling Into Insanity quilt is coming together quickly – I finished all the straight lines going in one direction yesterday and started the tedious part of following the tumblers all the way down the line now. It isn’t hard – just takes awhile as you follow the outline of the tumblers and then stop at the end of each tumbler with the needle in the down position and turn your quilt slightly and do it again – and again and again. You need to go slow so you don’t go past your seam line where you turn the quilt slightly. I believe I have 140 lines to do LOL — I just started the first one last night and put it aside for more work over the next couple of days. The straight lines went fast – 7 hours of work – you can really put the pedal to the metal and go fast on those – the Juki is a fast machine – and powerful. But for this zigzagging through the tumblers now will go much slower. But at least the lines going in one direction are now done.
When I was doing the straight lines I took a photo of half of the quilt width stuck in the throat area so you can see how much room it has – plenty! Linking to Sew Many Ways today.
Mike took this one of me while I was working – I can see I need to practice sitting up straighter and closer – but at that point I had a lot of quilt piled up in front of me.
Guiding it through the machine – did you realize you work steps on your fitbit while machine quilting – I have mine set at a low setting but still it counts up exercise – and you do get exercise even if you are not walking all that pushing (guiding) with your arms and hands count!
The Lemoyne Stars are coming along too. I work on it every evening. I rolled it down Friday evening after I spritzed the blue lines out (after it dried) and come to the sudden realization that I shouldn’t be spritzing the lines out in this quilt – purple batiks!! Oh no – LOL – this quilt will be soaking in the machine when it is done with color catchers. I am linking to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching because I know I will be taking time to do some hand quilting today and maybe even get the apple cores out and stitch this morning on the porch – it is so nice out there this morning.
The previous two rows of stars must not have had dark purple in them – I hadn’t noticed but I did notice that these two bled out a little bit – I’m really not all that concerned – I have had bleed in batiks before and it almost always soaks out in the washing machine ok, I will use the catchers and do it several times, lots and lots of water will do the trick.
My stitches are a bit larger in parts of this quilt as in this area I am going through a seam – that sometimes happens, I just felt like this area needed more quilting as I am only putting a straight line up the center of each point.
This is where I started last night – still continuing on the 3rd row of 9 stars – the light blue star is the half way row. I pull the quilt tight at first – mark my lines and then loosen it up to quilt.
My Netflix series all 7 years of it – The Gilmore Girls which I had never watched is now done and I’m not sure what I will watch next – in the meantime I have started NCIS from the very first show – this is a series I always watch though so I’m not sure if I will all 11 years without a break LOL – I might watch a little and then start something else.
Do any of you read John Sandford’s Prey series? I didn’t realize it but last year he came out with a new book that he co-authored with a lady named Michele Cook called Uncaged. I ran across it a couple days ago and got it on my kindle and loved it. It is aimed at the young adult age group but I really do not know why – yes some of the main characters are older teens but there are adults in it too. A bit of a different story line then his cops Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers – more sci-fi – anyhow, it really kept me entertained. This first in the series is $1.99 right now – maybe your library has it if you want to try it out and don’t want to purchase it.
And here is another of his books that I hadn’t heard of “Rhymes with Prey”– this time co-authored with Jeffery Deaver – this one stars Lucas Davenport with Lincoln Rhyme – I have read a lot of Deaver’s books as well and got this one for 99 cents.