Thursday, December 07, 2023

Quilting Under Way!

Weird bits of grammar you never knew you needed to know:

Under Way or Underway?

Under way is conventionally two words when it functions as an adverb or a predicate adjective (E.g., “The ship voyage is under way.”). It is usually one word, underway, when it is an adjective preceding its noun (E.g., “The underway voyage was interrupted.”).

And there you have the title of this post.  The quilting is under way!

And the underway (one word!) quilting is being accomplished in a golden colored thread in an edge to edge design called Bread Basket.

I don't know why little tidbits like this float my boat, but I never know when I'm going to need to recall this information.

My day started here - with piecing a backing.

I decided to pull all of the multicolor prints with black backgrounds. The stripes will go across the quilt, not down the length from top to bottom as the fabrics I had worked best that way with what I could get out of them.

And while I usually like to load quilts side-ways for long rows of quilting, this time I am quilting it head-to-toe because of the direction the seams go in the backing.  I want them laying along the length of the roller bar, not wrapping around and around it.  It's a tension thing.

Yes!  This will do the trick!

The gold-ish thread blends right in with everything without shouting out as too light against the colored fabrics, or to dark against the light sashing.

I didn't get that far - most of the day was prepping that backing, but the rest should be smooth sailing from here on out.

Prepping binding!

I was able to demo my Sew Q Laser to the December Quiltvillians while they were here.  This thing is a game changer for doing things like joining lengths of borders or binding on the diagonal. 

I think the aqua binding will be just the ticket to finish the edge of this king string monstrosity.

I have no idea how long that piece of aqua has been in my stash - but it used up nearly the whole piece, so that shelf in my cabinet is breathing a bit lighter for that too.

Today - we quilt some more!

And finish up Part Three of Indigo Way.

Are you ready?

To my Jewish friends and those who celebrate - I am wishing your family peace and light this holiday season. Chag Sameach!

Quiltville Quote of the Day -

As sometimes happens -
I allowed my stress and my fear to keep me from sleeping last night.
I need to not take those heavy loads to bed with me.
And neither do you.
Have a pieceful Thursday, everyone!



  1. indeed, count our blessings! insteadof sheep!!! love how this sring beauty is coming together and the aqua binding is just perfect!!! (in my opinion)... i know you get enough of them, but I couldn't resist the comment the finished product is going to be a fabulous huge beauty! cats in coolish carlsbad ca

  2. Anonymous9:28 AM EST

    I am excited to see your finished string (scrappy) quilt. About 2 years back I started making these blocks (love the mindless sewing) and have several blocks made. I purchased black fabric for the sashing, but I may change my mind after seeing yours. Also love the layout of the blocks.

  3. Can't wait to see that backing all sewn to together. That is a marvelous monstrosity you have under way(?). hahah

  4. Wishing you better sleep tonight.

  5. Anonymous10:22 AM EST

    Name: marvelous piece!

  6. Anonymous10:27 AM EST

    Love your quilt!! So much scrappy happiness in it. Thanks for your quote today. It's just what I needed to read. I too had a fitful night of sleep. Here's to a better night tonight!

  7. Beautiful string quilt! Backing and binding are perfect, as well as the Bread Basket pantograph. I added it to my wish list on Urban Elementz. Thanks for the recent heads up on the Sew Q Laser deal! Today I need to get binding under way :-) on a Christmas Tree quilt, and then back to making Indigo Way triangles in a square. I hope tonight gives you great sleep and rest.

  8. I do love this quilt. I do not believe I could quilt it on my sewing machine but maybe with diligence! lol I have one read for backing that doesn't measure correctly and I need to fix that when I can discover what the problem is with it! I am anxiously awaiting my Laser Device. I need it badly. lol Enjoy your travels Bonnie!

  9. Love the grammar lesson today... HA! Sometimes things like that get under my skin too. Especially when people are supposed to have knowledge and use things correctly, but don't. THAT drives me bonkers more than anything else!! Love the quilting design, it looks great!

  10. I love the vintage block with your quote today. You've shared it once before, and I used it as the starting idea for a Great Granny Square quilt made from an overflowing bin of 2" square shirt scraps. It's one of my favorite quilts I've ever made, and it all started with that photograph. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Your big string quilt is turning out beautifully! I love how vibrant and cheerful it is.

  11. A nap might be needed today! The Inn is full of empty beds. I slept through my alarm today. No stress Thursday, going to my peaceful place. Pretty Panto! Happy Quilting.

  12. Us grammar nerds appreciate such tibits. Ha! Awesome quilt. Look forward to seeing the finished product.

  13. Sue Slater2:15 PM EST

    This retired teacher loves your mini grammar lessons!


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