I tackled some book work this morning….but once a friend convinced me that this is a three day weekend coming up ((THANK YOU MICKEY!)) and that I really SHOULD take a long holiday weekend off and tackle work stuff come Tuesday after a rejuvenation period, I switched gears and I’m in the studio getting these Dancing Nine Patch quilts ready for the long arm!
I found two pieces of yardage that will do the job as quilt backings….one is a print I have loved, but it was so directional ((And not PRINTED STRAIGHT!)) that I have never used it.
Therefore, let me introduce you to backing #1.
I love the white salt box houses, red barns, tall corn and willow trees….so VERY VERY New England!
And that has nothing to do with where these nephews are being born, but since I spent so much time up and down the East Coast from Pennsylvania to New Hampshire to Maine & New York the past few months…I think it’s super cute! ((We are not going to even mention Newark!!))
Only NOT wide enough! That said – I think I didn’t do *THAT* bad of a job of matching up the print to join the two pieces….if you look at the far right side…down the center of the corn..I think you can see where I tried to make that seam as unnoticeable as possible…not perfect…but…pretty dang good!
This is a blue/green background and I’m going to match it with the quilt that has the green sashings. The quilt with the light blue sashings is getting a light blue plaid as its backing. Both tops can be seen HERE!
I also needed a zig-zag today ---I decided to be a bit Frugal-Frannie and piece my battings out of left overs.
This is Sally, my 1953 Singer 328!
I hadn’t ran her in a while…poor BROWN machine. What can I say? I really like my machines to be more fun than brown. LOL! But she DOES have a mean zig-zag stitch and was just what I needed. Unlike my slant-needle Singer 401 and 404 – she is a straight needle-bar short shank machine. And she DOES thread with the needle hole front and center. She takes a class 66 drop front bobbin.
There are cams that can make her do some really interesting decorative stitches, but I have never played with those ---I’m a two stitch girl: Straight stitch for piecing and applying binding, and zig-zag for joining scraps of batting together when needed!
Joining batting is easy…I just “barely” overlap, and set the machine on the widest zig-zag that it can do…and put my stitch length at the longest one it can offer ----and away I go!
I know you can buy iron on tape for this….but I do not want glue in my quilt. I don’t know what it will do over time. Thread is plentiful and it gives me a time to give the various machines a workout!
Completed pieced batting ready for loading into the machine!
You can guess where I’ll be tonight!
An update on Quilt-Cam: How about Tomorrow night – Friday May 24th at 9pm Eastern?
Saturday we have plans to head back up to the mountains to resume our Cabin Hunt.
Off to load the long arm ---