I finished piecing this quilt in October 2022 and I've been procrastinating on the quilting ever since. Now we've got some friends visiting in March and I want this quilt done for the guest room bed. I set myself a goal of getting it loaded, basted and ditch stitching complete in a week.
Time to get started.
I dyed the backing a few weeks ago and the hardest part is getting the quilt loaded centered. I wrote a tutorial for how to center a quilt back several years ago. I still do it the same way.
I start from the center and work my way to the top and then the bottom. Once I have the center set I pin through the center seam to the back and make sure I have it lined up before I start basting. Once I get the center lined up the rest of the process goes pretty smoothly.
I have no idea how I'm going to quilt it so I decided to start by doing all of the stitch-in-the-ditch to get it stabilized. By the time I'm done I hope I have some ideas.
My SID stitching isn't perfect. There was a time, early in my longarming, that I would have pulled out this wonky line and re-stitch it. Over time I've learned that NO ONE notices this once the quilt is done, not even me. I do the best I can and keep going.
I'll keep plugging away at the SID through the weekend.
Tomorrow and Saturday are sewing days with my quilt club so I'll be starting my first veterans quilt for 2024.
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.