This is Ruth's wonderful violet star quilt; she first asked me to mark feathers on it so she could practice; when she saw me marking another quilt, she said, "You could almost quilt that as fast as you could mark it, couldn't you?" So she sent it home for me to quilt.
last Sunday's quilt blessing, but I didn't manage it. This morning I finished it and added the binding; it's ready to be passed on to another member to blind stitch the binding to the back.
I thought you might like to see some of the variety of feathers that adorn this quilt. I do not pre-mark; I just stitch as I go. I used Fil-Tec Glide thread on top and in the bobbin.
The second quilt has been languishing for months--layered but not basted. I love this old traditional pattern and think I need to make more. The design yields wonderful quilting spaces.
Somewhere along the line, the duck fabric came to visit (more of that in another post), so the three sing a happy song together. Come to think of it, the duck fabric may also have been a gift from Mary.
I thought I might put feathers in the half square triangles...
But then I decided to go along with the corn theme.
I suspected I was consuming a lot of time wrestling quilts through my vintage treadle machines--which have twice the space of most "modern" machines. I thought I'd be doing well if I could baste the layers every four inches or so and do some stabilizing stitching. Basted, and all this quilting done in just a couple of hours. I did discover that without having to wrestle the quilts, I need much, much less stabilizing stitching. I quilted until the bobbin ran out--a couple of hours, total--and came home. Amazing how much faster even a sit-down 16-inch machine is. (I really think a couple of the other quilters in our prayer quilt ministry need one of these machines too.) It does have a stitch length control; I didn't use that. I did make good use of the needle-up-needle-down control. I don't know that I'd actually enjoy wrestling full size quilts with this sit-down machine, but it's perfect for our prayer quilts.
She invited me back to quilt while she pieces some quilt-tops for the prayer quilt ministry. How fun!
I am also knitting, but forgot to take pictures.
I'll link to Judy Laquidera's Design Wall linky party--because adding the quilting is part of the design process too!