No more procrastinating!
The time has come.
I can't procrastinate on my oldest UFO anymore. Yesterday I got it loaded and basted. I have a general idea of how I want to quilt it so I'll likely start with what I know for sure that I want to do and figure the rest out as I go along. But, for sure, there will be stitches in this quilt by Monday. It is huge at 95" square but I was really happy that it was square and flat and basting it was easy.
In the black areas I want to do some feathers and I'm thinking about one of these threads. I want the black to stay predominately black but I would like for the feathers to show a little. I'm sort of favoring the dark green on the left. What's do you think?
In the last couple of days I also got my placemats quilted. As I was doing these on the Juki I noticed that the tension is acting up in just the way it acted up the one time it had to be serviced. So I'm taking the machine to my brother this afternoon so he can clean it up and fix whatever is worn out.
Today is also the day that I finally get to deliver the fancy doll dress to Ella. Her birthday was in July but I haven't been able to see her since June. I'm anxious to see if this thing fits well.
I'll be OK without my Juki and I can bind all of these projects on my Brother machine while I wait for the Juki to be repaired. These projects should keep me out of trouble for the weekend.
9/16/2021 09:41:27 am
Good thread choice. Should be subtle. Black on black is so hard.
maybe a silly question for you but as a hand quilter with a large floor standing frame I didn't think loading a quilt was that much different for a long arm - why do you baste it after it is one the frame but before you quilt it? Isn't it held in place tight with your rollers and side clamps? That is one step I would never do on my hand quilting frame - basting it after it is loaded. I like the thread in the middle :) but the one you said you think you will use is great too they are all very similar
9/17/2021 07:49:47 am
I have the same question about the basting. I have a long arm machine too, but only baste the edges. Should I be basting the whole quilt?
9/16/2021 10:30:40 am
I like all the threads you've picked, but I do think the one on the left is the most subtle.
9/16/2021 10:39:10 am
I agree that the far left thread is the best. It will show up but not take over.
9/16/2021 10:55:25 am
Well I am the odd man out... I am thinking that the left hand thread is just a bit to subtle and will disappear completely in the stitching... I
9/16/2021 11:08:32 am
I'm partial to the blue thread in the middle but then I'm a 'blue' girl. Time to apply your new feather skills.
Tina in NJ
9/16/2021 12:34:04 pm
I like the left-hand thread, too. I’m rather partial to teal, which is how I see it. Have a great weekend!
9/16/2021 02:57:28 pm
I think the one on the left is too subtle and will blend totally into the black fabric. I would go with the one in the middle. I really think the only way you will know is to sample each on black fabric. You could even do that on your Brother machine with a little 3 layer sandwich.
9/17/2021 08:05:27 am
Good for you to get the quilt loaded and basted! I agree with several other that testing to see which color does what you need is the best idea. How old is this quilt? I know I have an UFO that is older that that. Poor thing needs to get quilted. I think I will make that a goal for 2022. I know I won't have time in 2021.
9/17/2021 08:37:26 am
I like the dark green too. To Karen and Rose, basting the while quilt is a personal preference, I don't do it. I float the top and stitch the sides down as I go.
9/17/2021 09:32:25 am
Good luck with the repairs on the Juki. I definitely prefer the green thread. There's enough contrast to show up, but more subtle than the brighter blue options.
9/17/2021 09:34:18 am
My first impression was that the green thread might not give you the definition that the blue one in the middle would. The green one might blend too much with the background, not giving you the affect you're going for.
9/21/2021 06:23:29 pm
I'm sure you can easily guess which colour of those threads I like (the middle blue, in case you're not sure....hah). At first I thought the dress was a big-girl size and I was all set to be even more amazed than I am.
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