I have been busy quilting away! I completed a total of 3 quilts for Diane and will put them in the mail tomorrow. They both really turned out nice (I think)! I think I mentioned, that although quilting for others does make me a bit "tense", quilting for Diane, although I still try to do my very best, isn't quite the same. She knows how hard I try, and so doesn't really give me a "hard time", so I can actually relax a little and concentrate on increasing my skills.
After doing those three quilts, I decided to tackle my pile of quilts and loaded "Granny Squared" (see the pictures above). I am using the CL Baptist Fan Board. I think it is looking pretty good, but I am still learning how to line everything up. I was off a couple of places, but it is my quilt and I am (even with a board) doing "organic quilting", so you expect so little wobbles. I will see how it looks after I finish, so I might take the small areas out if it looks bad.
The backing is more of the "pillow ticking" I got from Joanne's. It is working well on the back of quilts, particularly those with white as the background. It is a little "stiff" when I first load it, but after you have rolled it a couple of times, it starts to soften up a bit. I like it---
The machine is also doing fairly good on tension. I am using a new thread and had some difficulty in keeping it in the intermittent tension, but my solution was to wrap it around twice and it is working. Don't know if I am suppose to do that, but I am starting to believe that I should do what works for me and if it doesn't ruin the machine, I am okay!
I have decided to submit a couple of quilts to AQS for consideration for the show next year. That will be what I will load to quilt next. I got a new CL template and picked up some wool batting, so we will see how it works (looks). I am going to start early so I have plenty of time to quilt it and get it photographed. I have also decided I will get a professional to take the picture. From looking at some of the quilts at the show and reading, one thing that helps to get your quilt juried in is a good picture. That of course doesn't get a win for you, but at least you get in the door. I really don't think my quilts would win, but it sure would be an ego booster if it was chosen to hang!
Anyway---these are some of my plans. I am also doing some work in the yard and will dye sometime, probably next week (or the next). We had a death in my husbands family so we will be going to Oklahoma probably the end of this week. Not staying very long because I have to get back to work, but anticipating a LONG drive.
Well, just wanted to check in with you all. Thanks for stopping by!