Loaded Lengthwise: The Starting Block
"Moda Modern in Print"
Long on my list to quilt, Moda Modern Building Blocks is finally in the frame. You can see above that I was all "anti-solid" fabrics, and substituted my beloved prints. 90% were from my stash, but a few odd ones were picked because they matched the shade in the pattern. You can read about individual block construction (and errata) below. This was a fun quilt, but shockingly begun nearly 2 years ago to the day!
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August 10, 2015 Moda Modern Flimsy Finish
Every quilt needs a bit of whimsy!
I have kitty cats.
Long Arm 101
The quilt is loaded in the frame in sections. The backing loaded first, and attached at both ends. (Think of old scrolls here.) The backing is rolled up on from the bottom onto what is known as the 'belly bar'. The batting is laid over the backing, and basted across the top. It hangs down freely. The quilt top is also rolled onto a pole or bar, and stitched on top of the batting. As the quilt is quilted, adjustments are made to unroll backing and quilt top together with the batting sandwiched in between. The trick is keeping everything smooth, even, and well adjusted.
Working in Sections
This quilt is pinned in lengthwise. This gives me more working area at one time, and is desirable. I planned the quilting ahead of loading by adding some marks to the top while I could see the entire piece. Once the quilt is loaded you are a little out of luck if you haven't made a plan. Rolling and unrolling isn't always possible, and you are working within a small section such as above. This is a very large block, but will never be visible all at once while on the frame. Yes, it makes this all the more interesting!
Taking lots of pictures helps you remember how something was quilted, but drawing and notes do, too. You may not see it, but the printout below is well marked as I go.
The center of the flying geese block comes together.
Detail in the center of the star.
There have been loads of thread changes so far. I have a great thread stash so little worry, but this was an odd shade.
Would you believe this orange blended so well with the salmon?
Bright thread makes for a colorful backing!
Are All Your Machines
On Surge Protectors?
I will leave you with some good advice at last. Put all your machines on surge protectors, and USE them. The last thing I do before leaving the studio is flip the power switches all OFF. This breaks the circuit entirely offering you more protection. Think of it as UNPLUGGING your machine. This is spring here in Ohio, and pop up storms happen frequently with lightning strikes not uncommon. Take care of your investment! If you do get hit, be forewarned that your insurance company will ask if you were using one.
Come on, Doxie girls.
One run outside, then time to sew.